OPCW and CTBTO leaders strengthen partnership

OPCW and CTBTO leaders met to discuss strengthening their partnership. | Courtesy of kids.britannica.com

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treat Organization (CTBTO) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) officials met Monday in The Hague to discuss the partnership of their organizations.

The CTBTO and OPCW are obligated to inspect their member states for any violations of treaty agreements. CTBTO maintains the agreements of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. OPCW verifies that its member states are complying with the Chemical Weapons Convention.

“Our organisations are cornerstones of global disarmament and nonproliferation architecture, and it is vital that we learn from each other,” OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said.

The organizations use different technologies in their monitoring roles, but there are similarities that open opportunities for collaboration. Those areas include logistical aspects of inspections, procedures for training and deploying inspectors, practicing secure communications and implementing satellite imagery.

“We value the achievements of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner (OPCW) in verification and are eager to share the experience gained from our own on-site inspection activities,” CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said.

The two organizations have previously collaborated on inspection activities. CTBTO staff and OPCW staff have observed each other as they conducted activities and exercises.