Objectives: To prohibit the development of biological weapons and eliminate them, as a step towards general disarmament for the sake of all mankind.
Summary of provisions Each Party undertakes never, under any circumstances, to develop, produce, stockpile or otherwise acquire or retain: - biological agents or toxins in quantities that have justification for prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes; - weapons, equipment or means of delivery designed to such agents or toxins for hostile purposes or in armed conflict (art. 1) Parties agree to destroy any existing stockpiles and means of delivery, taking precautions to protect populations and the environment (art. 2). They are not to assist any other State or person to develop such agents, toxins or weapons (art. 3). Complaints regarding breaches of obligations under the Convention are to be reported to the United Nations Security Council (art. 6). State Parties undertake to continue negotiations for the effective prohibition of chemical weapons (art. 9).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)