OPCW, Spain organize CWC workshop

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Spain's Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) National Authority recently organized a workshop to coordinate assistance and protection under CWC Article X in Madrid.

The 14th annual workshop took place on July 1-3. Twenty-six representatives from 22 CWC states parties participated in the workshop, including the U.K., Uganda, Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Mongolia, Moldova, Mexico, Indonesia, India, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Cote d'Ivoire, Costa Rica, Cameroon, Burundi, Brazil, Barbados and Argentina.

National Authorities from donor and recipient countries and representatives from the chemical industry, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) also attended the workshop.

The workshop reviewed the OPCW's assistance and protection activities since 2013, including general aspects of regional coordination, capacity building and Article X. Participants discussed ideas to ensure the full implementation of Article X in a changing security environment. Individuals on hand also prepared an outcome document on the workshop that will be shared with states parties during informal Article X consultations.

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