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2019 BWC Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention



The Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention took place on 31 July and 2 August 2019 (1 August will be Swiss National Holiday, therefore no meeting is scheduled), at the Palais des Nations, in Room XX.

MX2 was chaired by Mr. Yury Nikolaichik of Belarus and considered the following topics:
  • Review of science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, including for the enhanced implementation of all articles of the Convention as well as the identification of potential benefits and risks of new science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, with a particular attention to positive implications;
  • Biological risk assessment and management;
  • Development of a voluntary model code of conduct for biological scientists and all relevant personnel, and biosecurity education, by drawing on the work already done on this issue in the context of the Convention, adaptable to national requirements;
  • Any other science and technology developments of relevance to the Convention and also to the activities of relevant multilateral organizations such as the WHO, OIE, FAO, IPPC and OPCW.

Official documents

  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/1 – Provisional agenda for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/CRP.1 [Advance version] - Procedural report for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.1 - Rethinking the BTWC science and technology review: A renewed case for a BTWC Scientific and Technological Experts Advisory Forum (STEAF) - Submitted by Germany, co-sponsored by the Netherlands and Sweden
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.1/Corr.1 - Rethinking the BTWC science and technology review: A renewed case for a BTWC Scientific and Technological Experts Advisory Forum (STEAF) - Submitted by Germany, co-sponsored by Chile, the Netherlands and Sweden
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.2 - Scientific and Technological Developments of Relevance to the Convention and the Assessment of Benefits and Risks - Submitted by Switzerland
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.3 - Approaches to Risk and Benefit Assessment for Advances in the Life Sciences - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.4 - Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention – Synthetic biology - Submitted by Australia
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.5 - Scientific and Technological Developments of Relevance to the Convention - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.6 - Biological risk assessment and management: some further considerations - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/WP.7 - Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX2 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Review of science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, including for the enhanced implementation of all articles of the Convention as well as the identification of potential benefits and risks of new science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, with a particular attention to positive implications


Agenda item 5 - Biological risk assessment and management


Agenda item 6 - Development of a voluntary model code of conduct for biological scientists and all relevant personnel, and biosecurity education, by drawing on the work already done on this issue in the context of the Convention, adaptable to national requirements


Agenda item 7 - Any other science and technology developments of relevance to the Convention and also to the activities of relevant multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)


Agenda item 8- Adoption of the factual report reflecting the deliberations of the meeting, including possible outcomes