Brazil hosts basic protection course for CWC nations
A total of 42 participants attended the five-day course in Brazil, representing 17 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The course is meant to be an opening phase of the second training cycle, covering topics such as protection, personal protective equipment, detection, sampling and analysis. Participants also addressed contingency issues through exercises. The course was organized by the OPCW; the Brazilian National Authority to the CWC at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.
The next phase of this training cycle will happen later this month in Buenos Aires. Nations represented at this course included Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Paraguay and Saint Lucia.
The CWC was implemented to prevent the proliferation, development and use of chemical weapons. Nations that have signed and ratified the convention pledge to eliminate all chemical-weapon stockpiles.