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Under the terms of the Convention, the States Parties undertake not to develop, produce, stockpile, or acquire biological agents or toxins "of types and in quantities that have no justification for prophylactic, protective, and other peaceful purposes," as well as weapons and means of delivery designed to use such agents or toxins for hostile purposes or in armed conflict.
The BWC RevCon, held once every five years, plays a critical role in reviewing the treaty and charting next steps. Formed in 1975, the BWC is the premier international forum that addresses biological threats, and is evolving to meet changing world needs. Accordingly, the BWC charges members of the security, health, scientific, law enforcement and business fields to better address biological threats, whether intentional, accidental or natural.
Background: Understanding the BWC
Historical Documents: BWC Implementation Support Unit’s Archive of Historical Documents
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