BWC States Address Safety, Security Measures

By Oliver Meier

At a Dec. 1-5 meeting, states-parties to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) discussed steps to improve the safety and security of biological agents as well as oversight mechanisms to prevent the misuse of biotechnology for hostile purposes.

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Piers said...

I like the article. It seems to reflect the meeting quite well.
I do have one point - I think I would dispute that the meetings are not expected to reach consensus conclusions. I think this is exactly what the common understandings are that are mentioned in the mandate of the process. States Parties do include substantive paragraphs, adopted by consensus, in the report of the meeting where common understandings exist. (Paras 19 -29 in the report of the meeting). Whilst you are right, these are not things that states bind themselves to do, they are things that they all agree are valuable (and one would then expect, should be considered?) when talking action on the topics under discussion. There are more common understandings in 2008 than in previous years.

Anonymous said...

I do not agree.
i think that meetings should be concluded in a stable decision or at least some verifiable proposals.

Stepping out of that topic, i would like to ask for some opinions on how do the general public thinks about Obama taking care of these delicate affairs?.