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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

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

The Cape Ray. Photo Credit: US Dept. of Transportation

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 with neutralisation technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The destruction operations were continuously monitored and verified by a team of OPCW inspectors on the Cape Ray. 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”.

Transloading of Syrian Chemicals onto the Cape Ray Completed Without Incident at Port of Gioia Tauro

The OPCW has verified that the entire consignment of 600 metric tonnes of Priority 1 chemicals from the Syrian arsenal has been successfully transloaded from the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray. The transloading took place without incident at the port of Gioia Tauro in southern Italy with the presence of OPCW inspectors, who continuously monitored the process. Read the press release

Announcement to media on last consignment of chemicals leaving Syria

Statement by Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW

Just under 9 months ago in October, I addressed you members of the press - in this same place, here in The Hague - to announce the deployment of the first OPCW inspectors to Syria to begin an historic and unprecedented mission. Read the press release

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

OPCW Maritime Operation Completes Deliveries of Syrian Chemicals to Commercial Destruction Facilities

In a statement this morning to the OPCW Executive Council, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü announced that all 1300 metric tonnes of chemicals removed from the Syrian Arab Republic by the international...24 July 2014Full story


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

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

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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 First Regional Assistance-and-Protection Course for States Parties in the GRULAC Region

18 August 2014 — 22 August 2014 | Río de Janeiro, Brazil

On behalf of the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the OPCW, the Director-General wishes to invite Member States in the Latin American and Caribbean region to nominate participants for the First Regional Assistance-and-Protection Ex...

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...


Latest Documents

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Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety-And-Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the GRULAC Region, Mexico City, Mexico, 22 and 23 October 2013 Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety-And-Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the GRULAC Region, Mexico City, Mexico, 22 and 23 October 2013 08/07/2013 Details
Report of the Scientific Advisory Board at Its Twentieth Session Report of the Scientific Advisory Board at Its Twentieth Session 14/06/2013 Details
Address to the 2013 Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference Address to the 2013 Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference 05/06/2013 Details
Call for Nominations for a Subregional Training Course for Customs Officials from North, Central, and West African States Parties on Technical Aspects of the Transfers Regime Call for Nominations for a Subregional Training Course for Customs Officials from North, Central, and West African States Parties on Technical Aspects of the Transfers Regime 21/05/2013 Details
Statement by the Director-General at the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare Statement by the Director-General at the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare 29/04/2013 Details
Director-General's Talking Points at the Opening of an Exhibition Marking the 15th Year of the OPCW Director-General's Talking Points at the Opening of an Exhibition Marking the 15th Year of the OPCW 15/04/2013 Details
Report of the Third Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board Temporary Working Group on the Convergence of Chemistry and Biology Report of the Third Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board Temporary Working Group on the Convergence of Chemistry and Biology 11/04/2013 Details
Director-General's Opening Statement to the Third Review Conference Director-General's Opening Statement to the Third Review Conference 08/04/2013 Details
Opening Remarks to the Press Conference by OPCW Director-General Opening Remarks to the Press Conference by OPCW Director-General 08/04/2013 Details
Call for Nominations for the Second Advanced Course on Assistance and Protection Beijing, China, 24 – 28 June 2013 Call for Nominations for the Second Advanced Course on Assistance and Protection Beijing, China, 24 – 28 June 2013 05/04/2013 Details

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190 States Parties covering
98% of the global population

82.78% of the world's declared stockpile of 72,524 metric tonnes of chemical agent have been destroyed.

5,545 inspections have taken place at 265 chemical weapon-related and 2,024 industrial sites on the territory of 86 States Parties since April 1997.

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