UN Office of Disarmament Affairs - Strengthening peace and security through disarmament

40th Anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) was the first international agreement to effectively prohibit an entire class of weapons of mass destruction. In the years since its entry into force in 1975, the BWC has helped to ensure that the idea of using biological weapons remains, as the Preamble to the treaty states, "repugnant to the conscience of mankind". This short film was produced by the United States Mission to the UN in Geneva and includes footage from an event organized in March 2015 to mark the BWC's 40th anniversary. The event took place in the Council Chamber of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the very same room in which the BWC was negotiated over 40 years ago.