United Nations: Pax Christi International delivers statement at the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, UN, Geneva, Trevor Griffiths
The Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention started yesterday at the UN in Geneva and will continue until November 25th. Pax Christi International is delivering a statement today to bring to the attention of the international community our considerations regarding the protection of the biosecurity of citizens all over the world. Today's statement will be delivered by Pax Christi International Representative to the UN in Geneva, Trevor Griffiths.
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, better known as the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), entered into force on 26 March 1975. There are currently 165 States Parties and 12 Signatory States.
In accordance to Article XII of the BTWC, a conference takes place every five years to review the Convention -- its operation, relevant scientific and technological developments, as well as progress towards the negotiation of a convention to prohibit the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.