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2019 BWC Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness



The Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness took place from 6 to 7 August 2019, at the Palais des Nations, in Room XX.

MX4 was chaired by Mr. Usman Iqbal Jadoon of Pakistan and considered the following topics:
  • Practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions;
  • A set of guidelines and formats to assist a State Party, if required, when submitting an application for assistance in the framework of Article VII;
  • Procedures, including the establishment and use of the assistance database, to improve the prompt and efficient response without preconditions to a request of assistance by a State Party under Article VII, and coordination and cooperation among States Parties and with relevant international and regional organizations such as WHO, OIE and FAO, as appropriate;
  • Examination of how the concept of mobile biomedical units might contribute to effective assistance, response and preparation with a view to enhancing implementation of the Convention;
  • Exploration of approaches by which States Parties, individually or collectively, might contribute to the strengthening of international response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or deliberate in origin;
  • Exploration of means to prepare for, respond to and render assistance in case of the possible hostile use of biological agents and toxins against agriculture, livestock as well as the natural environment.


Official documents
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/1 – Provisional agenda for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/CRP.1 [Advance version] - Procedural Report for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.1 An integrated approach to preparedness, detection, and response to agricultural threats: The experience of the United States - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.2 - Update on Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region: Strengthening regional response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks – Submitted by Australia
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.3 - Approach to Strengthening Measures for Emerging Infectious Diseases based on Lessons Learned from the Ebola Outbreak – Submitted by Japan
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.4 - Strengthening National, Sub-Regional and International Capacities to Prepare for and Respond to the Deliberate Use of Biological Weapons: Project update – Submitted by Japan
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.5 - Possible hostile use of biological agents and toxins against livestock: Existing support mechanisms by relevant international organizations and capacity building efforts by Canada through the G7-Led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction - Submitted by Canada
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.6 - Core Elements for an Effective Article VII Response: the need for an international coordinating body - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/WP.7 - Assistance, response and preparedness - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the BWC

Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX4 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions


Agenda item 5 – A set of guidelines and formats to assist a State Party, if required, when submitting an application for assistance in the framework of Article VII
Agenda item 6 – Procedures, including the establishment and use of the assistance database, to improve the prompt and efficient response without preconditions to a request of assistance by a State Party under Article VII, and coordination and cooperation among States Parties and with relevant international and regional organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as appropriate
Agenda item 7 – Examination of how the concept of mobile biomedical units might contribute to effective assistance, response and preparation with a view to enhancing implementation of the Convention
Agenda item 8 – Exploration of approaches by which States Parties, individually or collectively, might contribute to the strengthening of international response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or deliberate in origin
Agenda item 9 - Exploration of means to prepare for, respond to and render assistance in case of the possible hostile use of biological agents and toxins against agriculture, livestock as well as the natural environment