OPCW hosts annual coordination assistance and protection workshop
Over the course of the workshop, representatives from state parties discussed capacity building initiatives and potential database to document donated equipment. They also covered technological advances and enhancements on evaluation methodologies.
The workshop consisted of 22 representatives from 19 member states of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and one representative the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Participating countries included Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Libya, Paraguay, Switzerland and Thailand.
The workshop organizers — the OPCW and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey — took the opportunity to review the OPCW's activities in facilitating assistance and protection measures from 2014 up until the present and what plans are intended to be implemented n the future. They also reviewed what implementation aspects of Article X of the convention that relate to capacity building and regional coordination.
The CWC is an international treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and development of chemical weapons and state members pledge that they will eliminate all current stocks and potential chemical weapons development facilities.