Pakistan delegation visits OPCW headquarters
Comprised of students from the National Management College of Pakistan alongside senior servants from multiple governmental agencies, the delegation was led by the dean of the college, Naeem Aslam.
Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü spoke to the delegation on current activities of the organization and praised Pakistan's role in the OPCW's mission and within the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The CWC facilitates the eventual elimination of chemical weapons of mass destruction from global use. The agreement stipulates that member states disarm themselves and ensure the facilities that produced them are no longer used. The OPCW is the governing body over the convention and can impose sanctions and partake in fact-finding missions in cases where chemical weapons are thought to have been used or a country is believed to be involved in the stockpiling or development of chemical armaments.
Six countries have not fully agreed to the CWC. Two of these, Israel and Myanmar, have signed the CWC but have not ratified it. Angola, North Korea, Egypt and South Sudan have yet to sign or ratify the convention.