OPCW concludes annual conference, details results

OPCW concludes annual conference, details results.
OPCW concludes annual conference, details results. | Courtesy of the OPCW
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported the conclusion of the 20th Session of the Conference of the States Parties on Friday.

Over the course of the conference, representatives discussed and evaluated the progress that has been made in overall implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its associated programs and disarmament efforts. These included progress toward eliminating portions of the Syrian chemical weapon stockpile and the destruction of four Russian Federation facilities in 2015.

This conference also saw the adoption of the OPCW Program and Budget for 2016, which will allow the work of the OPCW to continue and has set aside a trust fund to support further OPCW activity in Syria. 

An education and advisory board was established that will oversee and offer recommendations on organizational activities relating to these areas. Member states also voiced support for an initiative to develop ethics guidelines for chemists related to the CWC.

The OPCW also noted the significance of two state parties joining the CWC as full members -- Angola and Myanmar.

“[T]he successful conclusion of the conference underscores the strong commitment of States Parties to strengthening the global norm against chemical weapons in a manner that is responsive to future challenges,” OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü said.

A total of 134 representatives for state parties and international organizations and other related agencies were in attendance.

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