On Wednesday, 9 November, Green Cross ESS Director Paul Walker addressed the 8th Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference.
“Green Cross’ founder, Mikhail Gorbachev, has long underlined the close relationship between security and sustainability in today’s world,” said Walker. “The Biological Weapons Convention is an excellent example of this. As we witness the recent commitments from the climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris last year to address global warming and carbon emissions, and convene here the same week at the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, it behooves us all to recognize how important a fully functioning BWC is to a sustainable and safe world today, and to work cooperatively to ensure that biology is never used for nefarious purposes.”
Read the full statement here.
On Monday, Walker also spoke at an opening briefing for the conference. He talked about opportunities for civil society collaboration, as part of a panel with Dr. Richard Guthrie, Prof. Graham Pearson, Dr. Piers Millett, Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Dr. Caitriona McLeish and Facilitator Kathryn Millett. This briefing included the announcement that Lentzos will be taking over from Pearson in coordinating NGO statements to BWC meetings.
The Review Conference can be followed remotely by signing up to the BWPP Daily Reports produced by Richard Guthrie via the folowing link: http://eepurl.com/clitzH