Aerial of the island of Tuvalu

The United States has congratulated Tuvalu, which deposited its instrument of accession to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) with the United States on 28 June 2024.

As one of the treaty’s depositary governments, the United States recognises and welcomes Tuvalu’s important decision to join the more than 180 other BWC States Parties in advancing the BWC toward the goal of universalisation.

“The BWC is critical to international efforts to address the threat posed by biological weapons, whether in the hands of State or non-State actors.

“Maximising its effectiveness requires that all States become Parties and fully implement its obligations.

“We strongly urge all States not party to the BWC to join the Convention without delay,” the U.S State Department said in a statement.