Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü gave a lecture to international students of the World Class Program of The Hague, the OPCW reported Tuesday.
“One of my greatest pleasures as director-general is the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest students in universities around the world," Üzümcü said. “Initiatives such as the World Class The Hague help to empower students to serve as ambassadors for our mission to realize a world free of chemical weapons, and thereby contribute to international peace and security.”
The director-general spoke on what the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) consists of, its current activity and overall challenges that are faced by the convention and the OPCW in pursuing chemical non-proliferation and elimination.
The World Class Program brings international students together in The Hague; through the program, they can connect with leaders within international relations, security, justice and peace. This year's class includes students representing 35 countries.
International Advisor to the Mayor of The Hague Willem Post acted as moderator for the lecture event.
The CWC is an international treaty that prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and other activity that could lead to the use of chemical weapons. The OPCW is the governing body of the treaty and enforces it through sanctions; the organization conducts fact-finding missions when an incident, or attack where chemical weapons are involved, is reported.