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Call for Nominations for the Fourth Regional Training Course on Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents for Asian State Parties

09 March 2015 — 12 March 2015 | Singapore

On behalf of the Government of Singapore and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties in Asia to nominate representatives to participate in the fourth regional basic trainin...

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course on Chemical Emergency Response for States Parties in the GRULAC Region (CAPEQ-4)

23 March 2015 — 27 March 2015 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On behalf of the Government of Brazil and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties from the Latin American and Caribbean region to nominate representatives to participate in...

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course for National Authorities Involved in the National Implementation of the CWC

23 March 2015 — 27 March 2015 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) is pleased to announce that a five-day basic course for the personnel of National Authorities will be held at the Headquarters of the OPCW in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 23 to 27 March 20...

Call for Nominations for a Subregional Training Course for Customs Officials from North, Central and West African States Parties

24 March 2015 — 27 March 2015 | Dakar, Senegal

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Senegal, the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities from States Parties in North, Central, and West Africa to nominate participants for...

Invitation to Apply for a Regional Course for Analytical Chemists from Laboratories Supporting Customs Services

13 April 2015 — 17 April 2015 | Warsaw, Poland

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the OPCW wishes to inform Member States that it will hold a course on the development of analytical skills for analytical chemists supporting customs services. The course is scheduled to be...

Invitation to Apply for a Course on Chemical Safety Management for Member States in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Region

13 April 2015 — 17 April 2015 | 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 a course on promoting chemical-safety management for Member ...

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...

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...

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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