OPCW wraps up regional meeting in Panama

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Friday that the 16th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America recently concluded in Panama City, Panama. 
 
Over the course of the three-day meeting at the end of June, 37 representatives from 29 member states of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) residing in Latin America and the Caribbean discussed their respective implementation efforts relating to the CWC. The meetings also gave representatives the chance to network with each other and share their experiences.
 
A main focus of discussion was on Article VI of the CWC which entails the declaration and verification processes and updated protocol on electronic declarations. The international assistance and cooperation programs offered by the OPCW were also discussed in detail.
   
Representatives spoke on the importance of education and outreach during the segment on regional priorities, which also included increased cooperation between state parties.

Members of the Caribbean Community and the United Nation's Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean were also in attendance.

The CWC is an international treaty that prohibits the development, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. The OPCW is the governing body behind the convention and takes part in providing training and facilitates regional meetings around the globe.

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