Biological Weapons Convention 40th Anniversary Event – Programme

In my previous blog posting I noted the organisation of a special event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC / BWC) on 30 March. The event takes place in the Council Chamber of the United Nations in Geneva and prior registration is required.

The programme consists of two parts:

A light lunch will be available and the afternoon session will be followed by a reception.

 

BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION
40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Academic Session
Programme

14:00–15:15 Making progress in strengthening the BWC

Chair: Dr Jean Pascal Zanders, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)

  • Dr Ursula Jenal, Jenal & Partners Biosafety Consulting, Biorisk management: awareness, responsibility and codes of conduct
  • Dr Gary Burns, Independent Consultant, Development of an ISO Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard – can ISO/AWI 35001 help in supporting the BTWC?
  • Dr Piers Millett, BioSecure, Science, Technology & the BWC: staying relevant for the next 40 years

15:15–15:45 Coffee break

15:45–17:00 Future challenges for strengthening the BTWC

Chair: Ms Kerstin Vignard, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

  • Mr Nicholas Sims, Emeritus Reader in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, What Future for Biological Disarmament?
  • Dr Gunnar Jeremias, Research Group for Biological Arms Control, The future of confidence building in biological arms control
  • Dr Iris Hunger, Robert Koch Institute, A new international order for extraordinary public health risks? Norms, actors, modes of interaction

17:00–18:00 Reception

Location: Council Chamber, United Nations, Geneva

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