Uganda delegation visits OPCW

A delegation from Uganda led by the speaker of the country's parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, met with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü and other senior staff this month.

Both sides discussed Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) implementation activity, and the Ugandan delegation was briefed on the progress of eliminating Syrian chemical weapons. Uganda had received help from the OPCW in 2014 during the drafting process of national legislation that ensured Ugandan law was in line with guidelines set by the CWC.

This visit was part of the OPCW support program that allows member states to meet with high officials of the organization and to speak on issues relating to CWC implementation, what that means for the country involved, and on other related matters. The Ugandan delegation included members of parliament, the minister of State for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relationals, and other senior government officials.

The OPCW is the international organization that supports the global implementation of the CWC and ensures it is enforced. In the case of recent chemical attack reports in Syria, the organization has ongoing fact-finding missions.

Six countries have not ratified the CWC. Israel and Myanmar have signed it, but are not ratifying members. North Korea, South Sudan, Egypt and Angola have not signed or ratified the convention.

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