OPCW conducts trainers' course in Belarus

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Monday that a trainers' course was held in Belarus last month, with 13 representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam attending.

The training focused on the development, activity and evaluation of training courses, with participants asked to prepare and take part in training with the other attendees. Those in attendance are tasked with training within their respective countries' offices or agencies. The course also had practical exercise components that challenged participants' knowledge of proper protocol in the case of a chemical emergency.

This training was jointly hosted and organized by the OPCW and the government of Belarus, and it took place at the Institute for Retraining and Professional Development in Svetlanya Rotcha, Belarus.

The OPCW is the primary international governing body over the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and it takes on investigative activity into reports of violations of the CWC by a state party. It also provides regular, regional training courses in multiple areas consisting of instructor training, implementation, medical and emergency response, analytical chemistry and other areas specified by the CWC.

The CWC prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons. 

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