BTWC @ 40: Afternoon impressions

On 30 March 2015 the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) was celebrated in the Council Chamber at the United Nations in Geneva, the same room inwhich the treaty had been negotiated.

In the afternoon , the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) convened a civil society academic seminar. Below are some impressions of that session (Please click for full-size images).

The full programme and texts of remarks are available from the website of the BTWC Implementation Support Unit.

(All pictures with my camera.)

1st panel: Making progress in strengthening the BWC

Chair: Dr Jean Pascal Zanders (CCDP)

Speakers: Dr Ursula Jenal, Dr Gary Burns, and Dr Piers Millett

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20150330 BTWC 40 Burns     20150330 BTWC 40 Millett

2nd panel: Future challenges for strengthening the BWC

Chair: Mr Jarmo Sareva (UNIDIR)

Speakers: Mr Nicholas Sims, Dr Gunnar Jeremias, and Dr Iris Hunger

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20150330 BTWC 40 Jeremias     20150330 BTWC 40 Hunger

 

(Impressions from the formal commemoration in the morning can be viewed here.)

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About JP Zanders

Jean Pascal Zanders (Belgium) has worked on questions of chemical and biological weapon (CBW) armament and disarmament since 1986. He was CBW Project Leader at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Director of the BioWeapons Prevention Project and Senior Research Fellow responsible for disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation questions at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. He now owns and runs The Trench.

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