OPCW concludes basic course on CWC implementation
Participants in the five-day course represented 39 countries aligned with the CWC and Myanmar, which currently is not a member of the CWC. Participants represented countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceana.
The course, held in the Hague, is essential for all parties and it provides participating countries with information on the CWC, its history and what role national authorities play in enforcing CWC requirements. The course also covered implementation measures and consisted of hands-on segments and case studies.
Participants were informed of OPCW programs that include education and outreach and relevant technological and scientific advancements in chemical nonproliferation. The course also covered what roles the OPCW and other international programs play in enforcing convention regulations. Participants were also able to visit the OPCW laboratory and equipment shop in Rijswijk.
The CWC aims to eliminate the use, development, research and stockpiling of chemical armaments on a global scale. Countries that have not signed or ratified the convention include Angola, North Korea and South Sudan. Israel and Myanmar have signed it but they have not ratified the CWC.