Review of France’s chairmanship of the Meeting of States Parties to the BWC (3-6 December 2019)
France chaired the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BWC), which was held from 3 to 6 December 2019 in Geneva. This meeting of representatives of the States Parties was the most important milestone of the French Presidency of the BWC in 2019. Its main objectives were to review the work of the five Meetings of Experts held in August and to prepare for the 2021 Review Conference.
This Convention is the main legal instrument for combating biological proliferation. Biological weapons are banned almost universally, with 182 states currently party to the BWC. France ratified this Convention in 1984 and supports its universal ratification.
In the face of rapid biological progress, the magnitude of the terrorist threat and the weakening of the non-proliferation regime, France is fully committed to ensuring that the BWC continues to be an effective tool for global security and the non-proliferation of bacteriological weapons.
This Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention ended on 6 December with the adoption of the final report, which made it possible to identify a solution to ensure that the 2021 Review Conference will be held under the best possible conditions.
Link to the documents of the Meeting of States Parties: here