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The BWC Review: Issues and Challenges

July-December 2016

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction usually referred to as the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), or Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) is the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons, entering into force in 1975. The Eighth BWC Review Conference was recently held at Geneva from November 7-25, 2016, Unfortunately, it appears to have flattened for the lack of consensus among the member-states until the next conference in 2021.

Beyond Forty Years of the BWC

January-June 2015

In shadow of many unprecedented terror attacks, disastrous toll taken by Ebola across the globe and dreadful spread of Swine Flu in India, the 40th anniversary of Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) was convened on 30 March 2015 in the Council Chamber of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the same place where the BWC was originally negotiated.

The BWC and Industry: A Plea for Industry Outreach

Seventh BWC Review Conference will provide the States Parties with an opportunity to move the next intersessional process (2012-2015) beyond simple discussion. It will expand the scope of biology’s peaceful uses while taking into account the impact of scientific and technological advances on the treaty.