OPCW Director-General awarded honorary doctorate

Director-General for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in the U.K., the OPCW announced Thursday.

This honorary doctorate is in recognition of his contributions toward global disarmament activity as head of the OPCW and toward implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

“By supporting trainees and building capacity among OPCW Member States for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the University of Surrey is making a tangible contribution to international peace and security,” Üzümcü said.

The report states that the OPCW and the university have had a positive relationship that has lead to many successful collaborative projects with respect to the CWC, including the university's support toward the Associate Program.

“The university is proud of its long association with the OPCW, and the award of an honorary degree to its Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü cements that relationship further and celebrates the Director-General's leadership of a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization," Vice Chancellor Vince Emery said.

The OPCW oversees the implementation and enforcement of the CWC which prohibits activity relating to the development, stockpiling, manufacturing and use of chemical weapons on a global scale. The organization hosts several regional training sessions on topics which includes implementation, analytical chemistry, medical assistance and custom operations relating to chemical compounds. 

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