Uzumcu delivers key speech at nuclear test ban treaty group's conference

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu | coourtesy of the OPCW

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu spoke at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization's (CTBTO) Science and Technology 2015 Conference in Vienna on Monday.

“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) stand among the most tangible, most scientifically informed human undertakings toward ensuring a world free of weapons of mass destruction,” Uzumcu said.

During his keynote address, Uzumcu said emerging technology and scientific study plays an important role in the implementation and efficacy of the CWC and its verification practices. He said that both the CTBTO and the OPCW have similar missions and origins. Through scientifically based treaties, they have been able to provide a mostly global consensus among each treaty's member states.

Uzumcu also said both international treaties face challenges. He said that further cooperation between the CTBTO and the OPCW would be mutually beneficial.

Uzumcu also said declared chemical weapons stocks are expected to be eliminated by 2023. In closing, he said that in a world free of declared chemical stocks, the challenge will be to prevent the re-emergence of chemical weapons globally.

While he was in Austria, Uzumcu also met with United Nations Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Margereta Wahlstrom to discuss matters of concern for both organizations.

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