OPCW panel accepts verification report

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) accepted a working report on verification practices at the SAB's 22nd session that concluded on Friday.

During the meeting, the role and importance that emerging scientific breakthroughs and technology play in the mission of the OPCW and prevention of the re-emergence of chemical weapons were discussed.
   
Speakers at the gathering included Professor Ake Sellstrom, lead investigator of the United Nations' 2013 investigation of Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons; Daan Noort of The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research; and Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the UN on Disarmament Matters  Istvna Gyarmati. Sellström spoke of what the UN had learned from an organizational standpoint from the 2013 investigation. Noort and Gyarmati followed with discussions in chemical forensics.
   
The SAB's Temporary Working Group issued the report on verification practices and issued recommendations in terms of medical countermeasure with regard to nerve agents.
  
“Verification is at the heart of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and we hope our advice will better inform the OPCW’s efforts to achieve a world free of chemical weapons,” SAB Chairman Christopher Timperley said.
   
The group also discussed measures relating to the increasing role of biological science and chemistry and covered outreach and education topics. The SAB will hold meetings in 2016 and 2017 to prepare for the Fourth Review Conference of the CWC.

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