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Special Issue on the Chemical Weapons Convention in Leading Scientific Journal

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, one of the leading journals in the field, has published a special issue for August 2014 entitled “Analysis of Chemicals Relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention“. Marc-Michael Blum and R.V.S. Murty Mamidanna, Senior Analytical Chemists in the OPCW Laboratory, acted as guest editors for the special issue.

Statement by the OPCW Director-General on the Destruction of Syrian Chemicals Aboard the MV Cape Ray

Ahmet Üzümcü, OPCW Director-General

In an unprecedented undertaking, the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray has completed destruction of its entire consignment of 600 metric tonnes of Category 1 chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic. This ends a crucial stage in the complex international maritime operation to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. I wish to congratulate and thank the United States, the crew aboard the Cape Ray, and our OPCW inspectors and demilitarisation experts for this remarkable achievement. Read the press release

OPCW - The Hague Award - Call for Nominations

OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü displays the Nobel diploma and medallion.

OPCW: The 2013 Nobel Peace Laureate

Deadline: 15 September 2014

On 11 October 2013, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. In its press release following the announcement of the award, the Committee stated that “[b]y means of the present award to the OPCW, the Committee is seeking to contribute to the elimination of chemical weapons”.

Special Issue on the CWC in Leading Scientific Journal

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, one of the leading journals in the field, has published a special issue for August 2014 entitled “Analysis of Chemicals Relevant to the Chemical Weapons...22 August 2014Full story

Statement by the OPCW Director-General on the Destruction of Syrian Chemicals Aboard the MV Cape Ray

In an unprecedented undertaking, the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray has completed destruction of its entire consignment of 600 metric tonnes of Category 1 chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic. This...19 August 2014Full story

15th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean Held in Chile

The Government of Chile and the OPCW co-hosted the regional meeting in Santiago from 29 to 31 July 2014 with 33 participants from 26 States Parties* and a representative of the Caribbean Community...13 August 2014Full story

U.S. Completes Destruction of Sarin Precursors from Syria on the Cape Ray

All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed...13 August 2014Full story

Ellesmere Port Facility Completes Destruction of Its Consignment of Syrian Chemicals; Almost Three Quarters of Syria’s Entire Stockpile Now Destroyed

The United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced that 190 metric tonnes of chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic have been destroyed at a commercial facility in Ellesmere Port....07 August 2014Full story


List of links to recent journal articles on chemical disarmament, non-proliferation and other related issues.

Cape Ray finishes destruction of Syria’s most deadly chemicals Chemistry World

Dr Nina Notman, 21 August 2014

The Hero’s Riddle Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Executive Director Maureen Reed, 21 August 2014

The dichotomy of chemical engineering (Day 77) IchemE President's Blog

Geoff Maitland, 12 August 2014

Uranium complexes unlock feedstock potential of carbon dioxide Chemistry World

Polly Wilson, 25 July 2014

Europe mulls best way to handle nanotech Chemistry World

Andrew Williams, 24 July 2014


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Call for Nominations for Five Courses on the Development of Analytical Skills at VERIFIN

30 May 2014 — 21 November 2014 | Helsinki, Finland

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that in 2014 it will hold five courses on the development of analytical skills, at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention...

Call for Nominations for the Third OPCW Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors

27 August 2014 — 03 September 2014 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW) wishes to invite States Parties to nominate representatives to participate inthe third OPCW training course for instructors in assistance-and-protection, whichwill...

Call for Nominations for the Fifth Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

01 September 2014 — 05 September 2014 | The Hague, the Netherlands

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to encourage the Permanent Representatives of delegations to the OPCW to nominate and sponsor participants to attend the “Fifth Summer Programme...


Latest Documents

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Invitation to Apply for the Seoul Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry for Member States of the OPCW from the Asian Region, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 15 -17 October 2014 Invitation to Apply for the Seoul Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry for Member States of the OPCW from the Asian Region, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 15 -17 October 2014 05/08/2014 Details
Letter to the Pancretan Commission Against the Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons in the Enclosed Sea of the Mediterranean Sea Letter to the Pancretan Commission Against the Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons in the Enclosed Sea of the Mediterranean Sea 29/07/2014 Details
Invitation to Apply for a Natural Products Chemistry Training and Development Programme for the Asian Region Towards Implementation of Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia, 12-28 October 2014 Invitation to Apply for a Natural Products Chemistry Training and Development Programme for the Asian Region Towards Implementation of Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia, 12-28 October 2014 08/07/2014 Details
Invitation to Apply for Two Courses on Chemical Safety Management, Wuppertal, Germany, 3-7 November 2014 Invitation to Apply for Two Courses on Chemical Safety Management, Wuppertal, Germany, 3-7 November 2014 08/07/2014 Details
Report of the Twenty-First Session of the Scientific Advisory Board Report of the Twenty-First Session of the Scientific Advisory Board 27/06/2014 Details
Convergence of Chemistry and Biology: Report of the Scientific Advisory Board’s Temporary Working Group Convergence of Chemistry and Biology: Report of the Scientific Advisory Board’s Temporary Working Group 26/06/2014 Details
Statement of the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Copenhagen, 25 June 2014 Statement of the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Copenhagen, 25 June 2014 25/06/2014 Details
Handbook on Chemicals 2014 Handbook on Chemicals 2014 24/06/2014 Details
Director-General's remarks at the Tenth Annual NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Director-General's remarks at the Tenth Annual NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation 23/06/2014 Details
Director-General's Address at the ACUNS Annual Meeting, Istanbul 19 June 2014 Director-General's Address at the ACUNS Annual Meeting, Istanbul 19 June 2014 19/06/2014 Details

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