OPCW holds workshop on CWC implementation

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons hosted a workshop on Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on June 11-13 in The Hague to discuss the article's full implementation.

Representatives from 22 states parties, which represented all OPCW regions, attended the workshop to discuss ideas that could help the OPCW to develop measures to fully implement Article XI. The article seeks to avoid hampering the economic or technological development of states parties and cooperate in the field of chemistry for purposes not prohibited under the CWC.

Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, and Grace Asirwatham, the deputy director-general of the OPCW, addressed the event and discussed the contribution the workshop would make to the full implementation of Article XI going forward. The workshop was organized after the 16th session of the OPCW Conference of States Parties decided to explore ideas for implementation.

The participants previously attended workshops on Article XI in China and Uruguay in 2012 and in Kenya and Hungary and 2013. The attendees formalized the final recommendations for global and regional implementation of the article. The recommendations will be used by the OPCW's policy making organs to assist future planning.

The represented states parties included Uruguay, U.S., Ukraine, U.K., Uganda, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Poland, Nigeria, Morocco, Malaysia, Kenya, Iran, India, Hungary, Ghana, Ethiopia, Estonia, Cuba, Brazil, Belarus and Argentina.