"Under award N00244-14-1-0039, discussions on relevant advances in science and technology and their potential implications, aligned with the Biological Weapons Convention's (BWC)'s 2014-2015 intersessional program of work, were held in association with BWC Meetings of Experts in Geneva, Switzerland. Two complementary summaries resulted from these discussions, produced and disseminated under the auspices of the Biosecurity Working Group of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies. The meetings brought together academic and industry scientists with scientific, technical, and policy experts from BWC States Parties and civil society organizations. The discussions reflected the engagement of members of the scientific community in considering potential biosecurity concerns and they explored a possible model for providing independent input to the BWC in a way that aligns with the interests and needs of scientific and technical experts as well as the diplomatic and policy community. The Eighth BWC Review Conference will take place in November 2016. The topic of models by which the BWC forum can keep abreast of rapid scientific and technical developments is anticipated to be one of the items considered during Review Conference preparations and discussions." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.
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Biological Weapons Convention. Geneva, Switzerland. August 2014