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Director-General Visits Cuba

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, visited Havana on 20 and 21 October 2014 where he was received by HE Mr Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers. The Director-General also met with HE Ms Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment; with HE Lenin Echevarría Quintana, acting Minister of Industry; and with H.E. Abelardo Moreno, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Read the press release

Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, welcomed today’s announcement by the Nobel Committee of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014: 

“I congratulate this year's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Their personal courage and determination in promoting children’s rights has been exemplary. This much deserved award does honour to a cause that we must all make our own.”

OPCW-UN Joint Mission Draws to a Close

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons has completed its mandate and its operations drew to a close on 30 September 2014.  The Director-General praised the role played by the Joint Mission. Read the press release

Executive Council Discusses Findings of Fact-Finding Mission

In a meeting held today, the Executive Council discussed the second report of the Fact-Finding Mission issued on 10 September 2014. The report concludes, with a high degree of confidence, that chlorine was used as a weapon systematically and repeatedly in three villages in northern Syria. Read the press release

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Legislative Assistance Support Tool (LAST)

The Legislative Assistance Support Tool (LAST) is an internet-based tool which aims at providing Member States with reliable and user friendly legislative & legal support and updated information on the status of ratification and implementation of the Convention.

Education and Outreach Conference Hosted by the OPCW

Dates: 22-23 September 2014

The OPCW hosted an international conference on 22-23 September 2014, entitled Education for Peace: New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament.  The conference brought together some 120 experts from government, science, industry, academia and civil society from more than 40 countries to exchange information on improving education and outreach in disarmament and non-proliferation, and to discuss ways in which to sustain activities and initiatives in this area. Read the press release

Jordan Hosts 3rd Laboratory Workshop in the Middle East for the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the CWC

The OPCW and the Government of Jordan jointly organised the third Laboratory Workshop in the Middle East on the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the Chemical Weapons Convention from 19 to 30 October...31 October 2014Full story

Cuba Hosts 1st Course in Latin America and Caribbean on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons

The OPCW and the Government of the Republic of Cuba co-organised a Course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for OPCW Member States in Latin America and the...30 October 2014Full story

Regional Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry Held in Republic of Korea

The OPCW and National Authority of the Republic of Korea organised a workshop on the peaceful development and use of chemistry for OPCW States Parties in the Asian region from 15 to 17 October 2014...27 October 2014Full story

Picture of OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü and HE Mr Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers.

Director-General Visits Cuba

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, visited Havana on 20 and 21 October 2014 where he was received by HE Mr Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the First Vice President of the Council of...23 October 2014Full story

OPCW Training Course on Article VI Declaration Requirements

The OPCW conducted a training course from 14 to 16 October 2014 at the Technical Secretariat in The Hague for representatives of National Authorities involved in fulfilling Article VI declaration...16 October 2014Full story


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

A study of contemporary dual-use chemical and life-science research potentially applicable to incapacitating chemical agent weapons Biochemical Security 2030 Policy Paper Series No. 8

Dr Michael Crowley and Prof. Malcolm Dando, 15 October 2014

Analysis of Chemicals Relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Marc-Michael Blum and R.V.S. Murty Mamidanna, 04 September 2014

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


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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...

Invitation to Apply for Two Courses on Chemical Safety Management

03 November 2014 — 07 November 2014 | Wuppertal, Germany

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Germany wish to inform Member States about two courses on promoting chemical-safety management for: Mem...

Call for Nominations for a Laboratory Course on Assistance and Protection

01 December 2014 — 05 December 2014 | Spiez, Switzerland

On behalf of the Government of Switzerland and the OPCW, the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for Swiss Laboratory Course VI, which will be held at the NBC1 Centre of Competence in Spiez, Switzerland, from 1 to...


Latest Documents

  Title Date  
Opening Remarks at the Regional Course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for States Parties in the Latin America and Caribbean Region 20-23 October 2014, Havana, Republic of Cuba Opening Remarks at the Regional Course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for States Parties in the Latin America and Caribbean Region 20-23 October 2014, Havana, Republic of Cuba 20/10/2014 Details
Keynote Speech at the Aula Magna, Havana University: Science in the Service of Humanity: The OPCW and Global Chemical Disarmament Keynote Speech at the Aula Magna, Havana University: Science in the Service of Humanity: The OPCW and Global Chemical Disarmament 20/10/2014 Details
Summary of the Fourth Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board's Temporary Working Group on Verification Summary of the Fourth Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board's Temporary Working Group on Verification 01/10/2014 Details
Opening Address at the Education for Peace: New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament conference Opening Address at the Education for Peace: New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament conference 21/09/2014 Details
Director-General's speech at the opening event of Just Peace weekend Director-General's speech at the opening event of Just Peace weekend 19/09/2014 Details
Director-General's Statement at the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, Brussels 4 September 2014 Director-General's Statement at the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, Brussels 4 September 2014 04/09/2014 Details
Call for Nominations for a Laboratory Course on Assistance and Protection, Spiez, Switzerland, 1–5 December 2014 Call for Nominations for a Laboratory Course on Assistance and Protection, Spiez, Switzerland, 1–5 December 2014 25/08/2014 Details
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
Call for Nominations Training Course Representatives of National Authorities Involved in Fulfilling Article VI Declarations, 14-16 October 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands Call for Nominations Training Course Representatives of National Authorities Involved in Fulfilling Article VI Declarations, 14-16 October 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands 16/07/2014 Details

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