GLOBAL SECURITY NEWSWIRE – Global participation in data-reporting measures for a biological-weapons ban is at its lowest point in nearly a decade. U.S. envoys reported that finding at an annual conference of Biological Weapons Convention member states in Geneva last week. The lagging compliance occurred despite a high-profile focus on boosting the treaty’s credibility. As of Wednesday, just 63 of 166 countries had submitted voluntary data about bio-related activities under confidence-building measures, or “CBMs,” sought from all BWC member nations over the past year.

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