Third Review Conference of the CWC successfully adopts a final document

The Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention ended Friday, with a consensus on a final two-part document to carry out an "unequivocal agreement" against chemical weapons.

The two parts of the newly adopted document commit member states to the global chemical weapons ban and also to review the CWC implementation of 2008, which speaks to its goals between 2008 and 2013. The final document will be made available on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons website soon.

"I congratulate and thank the States Parties for their strong support for our continuing efforts to achieve a world that is free of chemical weapons," OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet uzumcu said. "They have underlined their commitment that the OPCW remains a global repository of knowledge and expertise on implementing the Convention, and their determination to maintain the CWC as a bulwark against chemical weapons."

One hundred and twenty-two delegates of 188 state parties were present, along with 8 international organizations, 2 non-party states and 47 nongovernmental organizations. This was the first time that NGO representatives were able to address the party delegates in an informal plenary session.

The issue of the Syrian Arab Republic allegedly using chemical weapons was also addressed, as it is in direct conflict with the international agreement that "the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances would be reprehensible and completely contrary to the legal norms and standards of the international community." Cooperation is expected between the United Nations and the Director-General of the OPCW in regard to this matter.

With this, the Review Conference also highlighted its conviction to reinforce its position against the use of chemical weapons, a push to make the CWC universal, determination to destruct existing chemical weapons, the adoption of the Convention agreements by 100 member states, implementing deconstruction in a way that does not harm the environment and to partner with other organizations which promote the goals of the CWC.