OPCW completes 4th WMD Summer Programme

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced on Tuesday its 4th annual Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction was completed.

The program was held from September 2 to 6 in the Hague. The program is co-organized by the OPCW and the TMC Asser Institute for International Law. This year 26 participants from 16 OPCW Member States were present, including Bahrain, Cameroon, Germany, Kenya, Libya, South Africa, Belgium, France, Bulgaria, Jordan, Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, Nigeria, United States and Niger.

The week-long program had a wide range of curriculum, including information on chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and all related diplomatic, operational, legal and scientific treaties. Participants also traveled to facilities that demonstrated how to implement the different conditions of WMD treaties.

Representatives from the BWC Implementation Support Unit, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, International Atomic Energy Agency, OPCW, Clingendael Institute, Green Cross International, SIPRI, VERTIC and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation taught the course.

The program was created for low to mid level officials and everyday professionals that want to expand their knowledge of WMDs and how to begin working in the field. This year's program was made possible through contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Norway, which sponsored 8 participants from developing countries.