Basic chemical weapons course held in September
There were a total of 31 attendees, representing 29 countries, and the course was conducted in English and Spanish simultaneously. Countries that were represented include: Belarus, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China, El Salvador, Cuba, Kenya, Moldova, Myanmar, Namibia, The Netherlands, Serbia and several others.
This course was focused on comprehensive information on the CWC including its historical developments and its contents. The roles of national authorities and the OPCW were also discussed in detail. During the five-day course, participants visited the OPCW Laboratory Equipment Store in Rijswijk.
The main goal of this course is to help state parties to implement the CWC thorough improving knowledge and skill set of those charged with ensuring that it is implemented to their respective nations.
Other programs within the OPCW and within the CWC were also covered including the Declaration, Verification and Transfers Regime.
The CWC is an international agreement that prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons. The OPCW is the primary enforcement organization that regularly hosts regional courses on aspects of the CWC and enforcing the CWC.