PGA meets with uzumcu, OPCW

A delegation from Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a non-profit network of legislators, visited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last week to explore the potential for collaboration.

The delegates met with Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, and provided an overview of the PGA's main activities and its longstanding support for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The PGA delegation included Felipe Michelini, a member of parliament from Uruguay; Sen. Jim Walsh, a member of parliament from Ireland; David Donat Cattin, the secretary-general of the PGA; and PGA staff members from the PGA's The Hague-based office.

During the meeting, uzumcu briefed the delegation on relevant programs of the OPCW.

The two sides agreed to maintain contact going forward and explore the potential for collaboration, particularly related to achieving the goals of universality and full national implementation of the CWC.

The PGA is a non-profit, non-partisan international network of 1,100 legislators in 140 elected parliaments worldwide that promotes, peace, democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, human rights and population issues.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the CWC, which entered into force in 1997. The organization has 190 member states that work together to achieve a world free from chemical weapons.