Hay, Balali-Mood garner prestigious OPCW award

Alistair Hay (left) and Mahdi Malali-Mood (right) are awarded the OPCW - The Hague Award. | Courtesy of the OPCW

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Wednesday the winners of the OPCW - The Hague Award: Alistair Hay and Mahdi Balali-Mood.

Hay, from the U.K., has served as an expert in the toxic characteristics of chemical warfare agents and has promoted ethics and peaceful uses of the chemical and biological sciences. He has also supported the development of international codes of practice.

Balali-Mood, from the Islamic Republic of Iran, has dedicated himself to treating victims of chemical warfare and has served as an educator of the medical impacts of chemical weapons and has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) the the OPCW in the development of international response guidelines alongside victim advocation.

This award signifies individuals, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that have contributed to the global mission of eliminating chemical weapons. Both awardees will be presented a medal at the OPCW headquarters located in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, Nov. 30. They will also receive a certificate and approximately $48,333 in cash.

This is the second award of this kind that has been given out. The OPCW created this award following their receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013; it is supported by The Hague’s city government.

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