Continuing CHAPTER II Biological and chemical weapons


General Assembly, 2004

The General Assembly took action on three draft resolutions related to issues discussed in this chapter.
59/70
Measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol. ] The draft resolution was introduced by Malaysia, on behalf of States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Non-Aligned Movement, on 19 October. It was adopted by the First Committee on 27 October (165-0-3) and by the General Assembly on 3 December (179-0-5). For the text of the resolution and the voting, see pages 23 and 7.
The resolution called upon those States that had continued to maintain reservations to the 1925 Geneva Protocol to withdraw them; and requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-first session a report on the implementation of the present resolution.
59/72
Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. The draft resolution was introduced by Poland, on 19 October. It was adopted without a vote by the First Committee on 27 October and by the General Assembly on 3 December. For the text of the resolution, see page 26.
The resolution called upon all States that had not yet done so to become parties to the Convention without delay. It also urged all States parties to the Convention to meet in full and on time their obligations under the Convention and to support the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in its implementation activities.
59/110
Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction. The draft resolution was introduced by Hungary, on 19 October. The revised draft resolution was adopted without a vote by the First Committee on 3 November and by the General Assembly on 3 December. For the text of the resolution, see page 99.
The resolution reaffirmed the call upon all signatory States that had not yet ratified the Convention to do so, without delay, and called upon those States that had not signed the Convention to become parties at an early date. It also requested the Secretary-General to render the necessary assistance to the depositary Governments of the Convention and to provide such services as may be required for the implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the Review Conferences, including all necessary assistance to the annual meetings of the States parties and the meetings of experts.