40th Anniversary of the BWC Treaty
The Biological Weapons Convention entered into force on 26 March 1975. This year therefore marks the 40th anniversary of this landmark Convention, the first to effectively prohibit an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. On 30 March 2015, a commemorative event was held in the Council Chamber in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the same room in which the Committee of the Conference on Disarmament negotiated the BWC from 1969 to 1971.

Ambassador Robert, Wood, U..S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons (BWC) Convention Issues, delivered remarks for the United States, which along with the UK and Russia is one of the three depository governments for the BWC treaty.

Other speakers at the event included: Michael Møller, Acting Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the CD, Chairman of the 2015 Meeting of States Parties to the BWC, Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr Mikhail Ulyanov, Director, Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Dr John R. Walker, UK Foreign and Commonwealth, Ambassador Masood Khan, Director-General of the Institute for Strategic Studies Islamabad, Pakistan and President of the Sixth BWC Review Conference (2006), Dr Caitriona McLeish, Senior Fellow, University of Sussex.
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