United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Executive Director Grete Faremo met with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu at OPCW headquarters in the Netherlands on Friday.
Faremo and Uzumcu discussed the joint efforts between each respective organization to eliminate the chemical weapons stock in Syria. Both organizations entered into this partnership following a mandate of the OPCW-UN joint mission that took place in Sept. of 2014.
Currently both UNOPS and the OPCW are pursing the destruction of 12 reported former chemical weapons production plants. They said they have made significant progress in the facilities' destruction. Both organizations are carrying out other related measures in the country as well.
UNOPS supports the OPCW mission in Syria through monitoring and verification assistance and providing logistics in the country.
The OPCW is the international organization tasked with ensuring that member states follow the Chemical Weapons Convention and to pursue the end goal of total elimination of chemical arms across the globe.
Beginning in March 2015, there have been reports of chemical attacks on the Idlib region of Syria and witnesses claim that the attacks were carried out by the Syrian government.