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Biological Weapons Convention Report on National Implementing Legislation

[BWC National Implementation Report]

This report provides an overview of trends in how different States legislatively implement the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Specifically, it assesses national-level legislation adopted to comply with Articles III and IV of the Convention and related provisions in UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004).


The Biological Weapons Convention Report on National Implementing Legislation is a compilation of insights on the status and trends of national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), particularly Articles III and IV, and related provisions in UN Security Council Resolution 1540. This report was prepared for the Eighth Review Conference of the BWC that took place in November 2016. This report is published by Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), which is based in the UK and works on all types of verification schemes for international agreements. For this report, The VERTIC conducted a survey of 131 Member States to the BWC, 6 States who are signatories of the BWC, and 9 States who do not participate in the BWC. The VERTIC collated and analyzed the results of the survey that serve as the foundation of this report. The survey template is available in English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish, and the report is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.   The VERTIC has three main programs: 1. Verification and Monitoring, 2. National Implementation Measures, 3. Compliance Mechanisms and Measures. This tool is under the national implementation program for the BWC. Under the Implementing the Biological Weapons Convention program there are several tools: International Agreements, Legislative Assistance Provider, Legislation Drafting Tools, Legislation Drafting Assistant, Legislative Analysis Tool, BWC Legislation Database, Universality of the BWC, National Implementation Measures, and Fact Sheets. Many of these tools have their own entries in this library. This report is a good example of the power of surveying the international community and gives a good overview of the state of national implementation initiatives.