To protect and implement the BWC, states parties must improve the framework for reviewing developments in science and technology
By Caitriona McLeish and James Revill
- Science and technology (S&T) of relevance to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is advancing rapidly. Such developments have both positive and negative implications for the implementation of a number of the provisions of the BWC.
- While science and technology reviews have been integrated into the overall BWC review process, their utility has been limited.
- There is significant support for enhancing science and technology reviews, but differences remain over the details.
- States parties need to develop a shared understanding of what they want science and technology reviews to achieve, and then determine the best framework to meet that objective.