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Fiji Participates at UN Convention on Biological Weapons Convention

Fiji participated at this year’s United Nations ‘Meeting of State Parties on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation to this year’s weeklong meeting was
09 Dec 2017 10:00
Fiji Participates at UN Convention on Biological Weapons Convention
From left; Senior Defence Adviser Joji Dumukuro, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Defence and National Security Osea Cawaru, and the First Secretary Ajendra Pratap in Geneva, Switzerland. Source: DEPTFO News

Fiji participated at this year’s United Nations ‘Meeting of State Parties on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The delegation to this year’s weeklong meeting was led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and National Security, Osea Cawaru, Senior Defence Adviser, Joji W Dumukuro and the First Secretary Ajendra A. Pratap of the Fiji Mission in Geneva.

The Biological Weapons Convention is the first multilateral disarmament treaty prohibiting the proliferation in all aspects such as development, production, acquisition, transfer, retention, stockpiling and use of biological pathogen and toxins as weapons of mass destruction. There are currently 179 State Parties to the Convention.  Fiji ratified the Convention in October 1973.

In July of this year, Fiji co-hosted a successful BWC Regional workshop with the United Nations Office of the Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and funded by the European Union in Nadi. The workshop was intended to promote the Universalisation of the BWC in the Pacific.

The Fijian delegation attended the Plenary which centered on reviewing developments in the field of science and technology concerning the BWC; looking at the procedures and mechanisms that strengthen the provision of assistance and cooperation to States Parties particularly from developed to developing states and the progress with the universalisation of the Convention.

The delegation also attended several pertinent side events and presented the outcome of the BWC Regional Workshop held in Fiji this year.

The event also touched on contemporary and relevant issues to Fiji and also held bilateral meetings with the European Union and the UNODA in which views were exchanged on possible regional assistance through national implementation workshops and potential Universalisation programmes in the Pacific predominately focusing on the four non-State Parties namely Tuvalu, Niue, Federated States of Micronesia and Kiribati.

The delegation had committed to spearhead regional capacity building in collaboration with the BWC International Support Unit and international partners in 2018.

Source: DEPTFO News

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