Invitation – Opportunities to enhance the BWC Confidence-building Measures

Received by e-mail, From: Silvia Cattaneo, Date: 16/08/2010.

Report launch: 25 August 2010, 09:00-10:00, Palais des Nations, (Geneva/Switzerland) – Room XXIII

To register, please simply reply to this email with your full contact details Silvia Cattaneo, mentioning if you need a pass to enter the UN building. We also encourage you to share this invitation with any colleagues who may be interested. A light breakfast will be served as from 08:40 outside the seminar room.

In 2009, the Geneva Forum and the Governments of Germany, Norway and Switzerland launched a joint initiative aimed at assessing the current Confidence-Building Measures CBMs of the Biological Weapons Convention BWC and at identifying ways to strengthen them. Consisting of three workshops held between 2009 and 2010, this initiative aimed at contributing constructively to the thorough review of the CBMs that the 2011 Review Conference of the Convention has pledged to carry out.

The Geneva Forum cordially invites you to the launch of the workshops report, Preparing for a comprehensive review of the CBM mechanism at the Seventh BWC Review Conference, authored by Filippa Lentzos and R. Alexander Hamilton of the BIOS Centre (London School of Economics). The briefing will present some of the key conclusions of the workshop discussions, as well as offer an opportunity to exchange views on how best to contribute to the CBM debate that will take place in 2011.

Sincerely, Silvia Cattaneo, Coordinator, The Geneva Forum.

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