Course on protection against chemical weapons takes place in Finland

The Government of Finland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons held a course on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons in Kuopio from September 9 to 13.

During the course, participants learned about Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention and were trained in the use of protective equipment and monitoring, detection and decontamination techniques. The course also provided information regarding emergency responses by the CBRNE-2013 Exercise, which is organized by the South Savo Regional Rescue Department in Mikkeli.

The course had 18 participants from Member States Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Chile, India, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine and Yemen.

There was an exchange of information and experience between the participants, some of which dealt with Article X's implementation. This provided a forum to talk about future cooperation among the participating Member States.

The OPCW is an intergovernmental organization that promotes and adheres to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and asks that countries destroy any stockpiles they might posses. The OPCW works in cooperation with the United Nations and is located in Hague, Netherlands.