The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Monday that the 16th offering of its associate program concluded with a closing ceremony at OPCW headquarters in The Hague.
The associate program is a 10-week course in which participants increase and update their knowledge in relation to implementation activity that member states take on in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
According to OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Uzumcu, the associate program is a leading course that facilitates international cooperation to foster peaceful uses of scientific and technological discoveries in chemistry.
During his address at the closing ceremony, Uzumcu expressed his gratitude to the University of Surrey and the European Chemical Industry Council for their support of the OPCW and its associate program.
In the 10-week course, 31 participants from 29 member nations took part in multiple activities, including a three-week university module that allowed participants to develop their chemical engineering skills. Participants were able to gain hands-on experience in a working industrial environment within the chemical industry in the U.K.
The CWC prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and related activity involving chemical weapons. The OPCW serves as the enforcing body and hosts regional training programs in many areas including implementation activity and analytical chemistry.