Samoa deposited its instrument of accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) on 21 September 2017, becoming thereby the 179th State Party to the Convention. The accession of Samoa to the BTWC is an important step; the European Union calls on all States not yet party to join the BTWC without delay.
The European Union is a staunch and consistent supporter of the strengthening of the BTWC. All 28 EU Member States are parties to the Convention which is a key component of the international non-proliferation and disarmament framework and a crucial tool to prevent biological agents and toxins from ever being developed and used as weapons.
The European Union and its Member States are actively involved in the preparations for the Meeting of States Parties to the BTWC to be held on 4 – 8 December 2017 in Geneva and are firmly committed to successful implementation of its mandate.