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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2010: Part II

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The Volume 35 (Part II) summarizes developments and trends in 2010 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2010.

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Biological and chemical weapons

During the year, in accordance with the decisions and recommendations adopted at the Sixth Review Conference held in 2006, the States parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, also known as the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), successfully concluded the intersessional process leading to the Seventh Review Conference to be held in 2011. Through the process, the States parties aimed to promote strengthening of the Convention’s implementation and to reduce the risks to global security posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism. In particular, they produced common understandings that could serve as the basis for a wide range of national, regional and international actions. The States parties will consider how to build upon this work at the Seventh Review Conference, which could provide the opportunity to reach significant agreements on the Convention’s future.

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