SL accords priority to BWC implementation

December 6, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva ALA Azeez says Sri Lanka has accorded high priority to the effective implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral treaty to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.

Addressing the Meeting of State Parties to the Convention, Ambassador Azeez said continuing the drive towards universalization of the Convention, would strengthen 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 national implementation measures and efforts under BWC, he referred to the Strategic Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance under ‘One Health” concept in Sri Lanka.

He stressed 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 improving policy and legal frameworks.

At the State Parties’ Meeting, Sri Lanka called for a comprehensive approach to the implementation of 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.