OPCW holds National Awareness Workshop in Timor-Leste
This workshop was followed by a two-day drafting workshop that allowed officials from Timor-Leste to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The OPCW reports that approximately 80 officials in multiple sectors of the country's federal government were in attendance including the Ministries of Defense, Interior, Health and Environment and Foreign Affairs. Departmental representatives included customs, firefighters, police and social security.
The awareness workshop intended to provide an overview of the CWC, the role of the OPCW and the various parts of the CWC including: the declarations and verification regime, the international cooperation and assistance programs and the role of the National Authorities. During the latter half of the course, officials took part in drafting exercises and created a first draft that would serve as the foundation of further discussions and eventual final CWC implementation legislation.
The CWC serves as an international treaty that prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical arms. Through this treaty the OPCW is authorized to take on fact finding missions in cases of chemical weapons reports and violations of the CWC. They also take part in regional and national workshops and courses related to multiple areas of the CWC and issues relating to halting the use of chemical weapons globally.