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Council Decision 2012/421/CFSPShow full title

Council Decision 2012/421/CFSP of 23 July 2012 in support of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), in the framework of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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2.3.Project 3: Enabling tools and activitiesU.K.+E.U.

2.3.1.Project purposeU.K.+E.U.

To provide various tools and activities, which will enable and support effective national implementation of the BTWC including submission of CBMs.

2.3.2.Expected results of the ProjectU.K.+E.U.
(a)

Guidance brochure on national implementation.

(b)

Revised CBM guidance brochure.

(c)

System for electronic submission of CBMs.

(d)

Increased participation by developing countries in the BTWC inter-sessional programme.

(e)

Increased capacity for the UN Secretary-General mechanism for the investigation of alleged use of biological and toxin weapons.

2.3.3.Project descriptionU.K.+E.U.

The Seventh Review Conference decided that strengthening of national implementation will be a Standing Agenda Item during the 2012-2015 inter-sessional programme. The topics to be addressed include specific measures for full and comprehensive implementation of the BTWC, especially Articles III and IV, and ways and means to enhance national implementation and sharing of best practices and experiences.

The Seventh Review Conference decided to adopt a revision of the reporting forms for CBMs submissions. Further, it was decided that the ISU in cooperation with States Parties will examine and develop options for electronic means of CBMs submission.

The Seventh Review Conference further discussed and decided on specific measures to support and increase the participation of developing States parties in the meetings of the inter-sessional programme.

The Seventh Review Conference referred to the UN Secretary-General investigation mechanism for alleged use of chemical and biological weapons. Its promotion, including through specialised training courses for experts, would be instrumental.

Based on experiences gained through the Joint Action 2008/858/CFSP and as a continuation of completed and/or initiated activities, the following actions will be performed:

(a)

preparation of comprehensive documentation (guidance brochure) providing an overview of the obligations of the States Parties of the BTWC and covering national measures for full and comprehensive implementation of the BTWC. The brochure will be designed as a toolkit of implementation measures and will provide examples of best practices while recognising differences in the national procedures. Experts from the EU Member States, BTWC States Parties, relevant international organisations, as well as the non-governmental sector concerned with BTWC implementation would be consulted in the process of its preparation. The brochure will be reproduced in all the official languages of the UN. Overall coordination of the preparation of the brochure will be carried out by UN ODA;

(b)

revision and further development of the CBMs guidance brochure, prepared under Joint Action 2008/858/CFSP, in accordance with the decision taken by the Seventh Review Conference;

(c)

development and maintenance of an electronic tool for CBMs submission, processing and dissemination (CBMs electronic facility);

(d)

further development of the ISU website and related IT and communication tools;

(e)

sponsorship for participation of experts from a maximum of ten developing countries in the BTWC inter-sessional programme;

(f)

organisation of an international exercise on the UN Secretary-General investigation mechanism for alleged use of biological weapons, with sponsorship for experts’ participation.

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