OPCW holds defense workshop on chemical weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it recently held a defense workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, on chemical agents, in partnership with the African Union and South African and U.S. governments.

"The Workshop on Security, the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Cooperative Threat Reduction in Africa" involved participants from 21 member states of the CWC and South Sudan and Angola, two non-convention members.

This workshop allowed participants to develop integrated approaches best-suited for their own countries to implement international treaties and conventions, specifically the CWC and the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540.

Countries that were represented in the workshop included, Botswana, Chad, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Morocco and Nigeria, among others.

The CWC was implemented in 1993 and prohibits the use, production, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons.

UNSCR 1540 declares that all members of the U.N. must have regulatory measures in place against the proliferation of weapons that are chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear in nature. It was unanimously adopted in 2004.

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