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Invitation to Apply for Legal Drafters and National Authority Representatives of States Parties to the CWC

04 May 2015 — 08 May 2015 | OPCW Headquarters, The Hague, the Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) is organising a series of four internships for legal drafters and National Authority representatives at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Headquarters in The Hagu...

Invitation to Apply for an Analytical Chemistry Course Under the Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa

04 May 2015 — 15 May 2015 | Pretoria, South Africa

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold an analytical chemistry course in 2015 under the Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa. The course will be supported jointly by the S...

Call for Nominations for the Third Training Course in Conducting Sampling and Analysis in a Highly Contaminated Environment

04 May 2015 — 08 May 2015 | Czestochowa, Poland

On behalf of the Government of Poland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a training course in conducting sampling and analysi...

Call for Nominations for the Thirteenth Regional Meeting of NA's in Asia Preceded by a Meeting on Education and Outreach

05 May 2015 — 07 May 2015 | Beijing, China

On behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to nominate representatives to attend the Thirteenth Regiona...

Course for Member States in the Latin America and Caribbean Region on the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the Chemical Weapons

18 May 2015 — 25 May 2015 | Madrid, Spain

1. The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the OPCW wishes to invite applications from representatives of laboratories in Member States in the Latin America and Caribbean region to attend a course on the analysis of chemicals rel...

Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety And Security Management

19 May 2015 — 21 May 2015 | Hanoi, Viet Nam

On behalf of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General is pleased to invite National Authorities and/or governmental representatives responsible for ...

Call for Nominations for an Assistance and Protection Course for Instructors, Lázně Bohdaneč, the Czech Republic, 20–27 May 2015

20 May 2015 — 27 May 2015 | Lázně Bohdaneč, Czech Republic

On behalf of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties to nominate participants for the assistance and protection course for instruct...

Call for Nominations for the Fourteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Eastern Europe, Ljubljana,

26 May 2015 — 28 May 2015 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to nominate representatives to attend the Fourteenth Regional Meet...

Call for Nominations for a course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons

01 June 2015 — 05 June 2015 | Kaunas, Lithuania

On behalf of the Government of Lithuania and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a course on medical aspects of assistance and protection ag...

Call for Nominations for a Joint Basic and Advanced course on Assistance and Protection for Russian-Speaking Participants

01 June 2015 — 10 June 2015 | Svetlaya Roschcha, Belarus

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite States Parties to nominate Russian-speaking representatives to participate in a joint basic and advanced training course on assistance and protec...

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will host an OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety and Security on 12 and 13 September 2011 in the context of the International Year of Chemistry. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed (resolution 63/209) the year 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. 

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) represents the singular legal instrument comprehensively banning chemical weapons and the misuse of chemistry, while ensuring that it is used only for peaceful purposes. CWC has the essential and unique role of ensuring that chemistry is exclusively used in the service of human kind. Bearing this in mind, our Conference is intended to promote the goals of the CWC by highlighting both the achievements of OPCW and the challenges that lie ahead. The Conference will seek to enhance support for the Convention’s objectives, including in the area of international cooperation with major stakeholders (United Nations, State Parties to the Convention, regional and international organisations, the chemistry industry, the IUPAC, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and think tanks). 

Given the comprehensive prohibition of the CWC on chemical weapons, OPCW envisions this conference as a forum for exploring sustainable ways and means of sharing knowledge and best practices to protect chemical plants from potential security threats. 

Some of the themes we expect to cover include:

International cooperation 

Chemical management and international conventions
National implementation: national experiences
Innovations in chemistry and their applications for developing countries
Emerging areas in chemistry
International collaboration for promotion of centres of excellence in the field of chemistry
OPCW and challenges in promoting international cooperation

Chemical safety: 

Chemical safety management
Chemical safety in transportation of chemicals
Green chemistry
Responsible Care-Chemical Safety for Small Enterprises
Safety Management in chemical industry
Lessons in chemical safety-learning from incidents and accidents
Chemical safety management; Emergency Planning and Response

Chemical Security

• OPCW as a global platform of support for cooperation in decreasing the chemical threat and prevention and preparedness against misuse of toxic chemicals
Lessons learned from the national and international agencies
Training
Promoting awareness of chemical security and safety 
Fostering cooperation between chemical professionals

The Conference will be held in The Hague at the OPCW Headquarters on the 12-13 September 2011. We expect Member States, governmental agencies involved in the monitoring and control of toxic chemicals, and members of the chemical industry (including associations, international organisations, NGOs, academia, independent experts, laboratories). 

Inquiries about the Conference should be addressed to the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch at +31 70 416 3023, or +31 70 416 3237; fax +31 70 416 3280 or by e-mail at grb@opcw.org