OPCW recaps 17th Annual Meeting of National Authorities

From the 17th Annual Meeting of National Authorities at OPCW headquarters. | Courtesy of the OPCW

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently detailed the 17th Annual Meeting of National Authorities that took place at the end of November.

Approximately 200 participants were in attendance -- representing 123 state parties -- and all regional groups had representation, the OPCW announced.

A major focus of the international meeting was the discussion of recent developments associated with the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Participants were separated into groups that focused on specific CWC articles, outreach and educational matters. Regional groups were also able to meet and discuss sub-regional cooperation relating to the CWC.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü stated that the organization is shifting focus away from the destruction of chemical stockpiles -- as more and more stockpiles are eliminated globally -- to focusing on preventative measures against the re-emergence of such  weapons. He stated that the national authorities play a crucial role in ensuring that chemical weapons are not used or produced in any country. During the address, Üzümcü welcomed the addition of Myanmar and Angola as state parties to the CWC.

National authorities in attendance were able to connect with one another over the course of the two-day meeting at the OPCW’s headquarters in The Hague.

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