OPCW details recent chemical weapons convention

The 20th session of the State Parties' Conference.
The 20th session of the State Parties' Conference. | Courtesy of the OPCW
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) detailed the initiation of the 20th Session of the Conference of the State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on Monday.

At this conference, all state members of the OPCW discussed implementation progress and developments of the CWC on a global scale. United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon delivered a statement during the opening of the conference and noted the CWC. He also noted the work of the OPCW and state parties and its importance to international disarmament efforts. He stated that those not party to the CWC are urged to accede as soon as nations are able to.

Over this conference, the OPCW and attendees will be discussing developments for the CWC including the joint Investigative Mechanism into the use of chemical attacks in Syria and determining who is responsible.

“The 20th Session of the Conference of States Parties is taking place at a crucial moment,” OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said. “We are celebrating the achievements of the organization, most notably in the verified destruction of over 90 percent of the declared stocks of chemical weapons and are looking forward to meeting new challenges. Our work will continue to ensure full universality and prevent the re-emergence of a chemical weapons threat in the future.”

The OPCW reports that 134 countries are present out of a total of 192 state parties. It also reports that an advisory board on education and outreach and the 2016 program and budget will be established and adopted. 

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