OPCW discusses toxic chemical non-proliferation

On April 11 and 12, an international seminar discussing how the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention can contribute to international objectives of achieving toxic chemical non-proliferation and security was held at the OPCW headquarters.

Also discussed was how the OPCW’s role as a forum for international cooperation can be improved.

One issue raised included the adaptation of the OPCW to changing realities to prevent the re-emergence of chemical weapons after chemical weapon stockpiles have been destroyed.

“The OPCW represents a successful example of multilateral cooperation to promote peace and security,” Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the OPCW, said in his opening statement. “The firm commitments of the States Parties to ensure that the norms of the Convention are translated into concrete actions (have) yielded significant results. Over the last 14 years, steady progress has been made by the organizations towards the goal of a chemical weapons free world. ”

The seminar gave attendees the opportunity to exchange information on best safety and security practices at chemical plants and to discuss implications of the convergence of biology and chemistry on the CWC.

The seminar had over 180 participants from 47 countries, including representatives from the OPCW, the chemical industry, international organizations, academia and non-governmental organizations. The event’s organization was financially supported by the European Union. The event was held in The Hague.