Sri Lanka accords high priority to implement Biological Weapons Convention | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka accords high priority to implement Biological Weapons Convention

A.L.A. Azeez
A.L.A. Azeez

 Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, A.L.A. Azeez, has assured that Sri Lanka has accorded high priority to the effective implementation of the BWC - the first multilateral treaty to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.

He was addressing the Meeting of State Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). According to Azeez it would strengthen the efforts of the international community against the use or threat of use of biological agents or deliberate use of diseases in breach of peace and security.

Elaborating on national implementation measures and efforts of the BWC, he referred to the Strategic Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance under ‘One Health” concept in Sri Lanka. He said that learning from the experiences of States Parties and sharing of good practices was important, and that such an inclusive approach would contribute to further improve policy and legal frameworks.

“Strengthening national capacity is vital”, said Azeez, adding that it included training and capacity building as well as upgrading technological infrastructure such as, laboratories and research institutes.

At the State Parties’ Meeting, Sri Lanka called for a comprehensive approach to implement the Convention, which could harness its full potential for the benefit of humanity, including through negotiation and conclusion of a legally binding protocol setting out modalities to ensure efficacy and consistency to follow-up on all provisions of the Convention.

The Meeting of the State Parties to the BWC was held from December 4-7, 2018, attended by 182 delegations representing States and other stakeholders.

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