European Union support to the Biological Weapons Convention


Since 2006, the European Union (EU) has supported the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) by means of two Joint Actions and three Council Decisions in the framework of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Nearly ten million Euros have been provided by the European Union, mostly to support capacity-building activities in developing countries. The EU Joint Actions and Council Decisions can be found here:

While the first EU Joint Action in support of the BWC was implemented by the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the Geneva Branch of UNODA has been the implementing agency for the second Joint Action and all subsequent Council Decisions.


The Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is the implementing agency for the current Council Decision, which aims to support implementation of the BWC on the international, regional and national levels through six major projects:  

  1. Promoting universal adherence to the BWC
  2. Capacity building in support of BWC implementation
  3. Fostering biosecurity networks in the Global South
  4. Supporting the inter-sessional programme and preparations for the Ninth BWC Review Conference
  5. Strengthening preparedness of States Parties to prevent and respond to attacks involving biological agents
  6. Enabling tools for awareness-raising, education and engagement

Contact Details

  • Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 47 91
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  • Twitter: @bwcisu