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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

The Technical 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 related to the Chemical Weapons Conven...

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...

Call for Nominations for the 13th Regional Meeting of NAs and of SPs in Africa with Regional Meeting on Education and Outreach

02 June 2015 — 04 June 2015 | Algiers, Algeria

On behalf of the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to nominate representatives to attend the Thirt...

Course for Member States in the Latin America and Caribbean Region on Chemical Safety and Security Management in Laboratories

15 June 2015 — 19 June 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite applications from representatives of chemistry laboratories in Member States in the Latin America and Caribbean region to attend a course ai...

Call for Nominations for the Eleventh International Basic Course on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons

15 June 2015 — 19 June 2015 | Kruševac, Serbia

The Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Serbia wish to invite Member States to nominate candidates for an assistance-and-protection training course, which will be held from 15...

Call for Nominations for the 16th Regional Meeting of NAs of SPs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Panama City, Panama

23 June 2015 — 25 June 2015 | Panama City, Panama

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

Fifteenth Annual Workshop to Coordinate Assistance and Protection under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention

30 June 2015 — 02 July 2015 | Antalya, Turkey

On behalf of the Government of Turkey and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for the “Fifteenth Annual Wor...

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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