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All Category 1 Chemicals Declared by Syria Now Destroyed

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, reported to the Executive Council today that 100% of all Category 1 chemicals declared by the Syrian Arab Republic, totalling approximately 1,040 tonnes, have now been verified as destroyed.  This includes 133 tonnes of Isopropanol previously destroyed on-site in Syria. Read the press release

Education for Peace: New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament

OPCW Event on Education and Outreach
Dates: 22-23 September 2014

The event will provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion and exchanges of ideas and best practices on ways of raising awareness of disarmament and non-proliferation issues, especially in educational institutions. This will include demonstrations of materials and tools in various media formats. The objective will be to identify new, approaches and synergies arising from discussion between different representative groups to better inform future efforts in this area.

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”.

OPCW: All Category 1 Chemicals Declared by Syria Now Destroyed

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, reported to the Executive Council today that 100% of all Category 1 chemicals declared by the Syrian Arab Republic, totalling approximately 1,040...28 August 2014Full story

1st Regional Assistance and Protection Exercise for GRULAC States Parties Held in Brazil

The first Regional Exercise in Assistance and Protection for States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) was held from 18 to 22 August 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. The course was...27 August 2014Full story

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


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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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.

4,913 industrial facilities are liable to inspection.