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Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the CWC and Chemical Safety/Security Management for States that are Members of ASEAN/SAARC

23 April 2014 — 25 April 2014 | China

On behalf of the Government of China 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 chemical-safety-and-security ...

Call for Nominations for the Tenth Regional Assistance-and-Protection Course for Asian States Parties

28 April 2014 — 02 May 2014 | Seoul, South Korea

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea 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 tenth regional as...

Call for Nominations for the Thirteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Eastern Europe

06 May 2014 — 08 May 2014 | Yerevan, Armenia

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

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

12 May 2014 — 16 May 2014 | 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 analysis in a hig...

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

12 May 2014 — 23 May 2014 | Pretoria, South Africa

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold an analytical chemistry course in 2014 under the Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa. The course will be supported jointly by the S...

Call for Nominations for an Advanced Training Course in Civil Defence Against Chemical Weapons

19 May 2014 — 23 May 2014 | Láznĕ 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 Member States to nominate participants for an advanced training course on civildefence agains...

Call for Nominations for the Third Regional Advanced Assistance-and-Protection Course on Chemical-Emergency Response

19 May 2014 — 24 May 2014 | Buenos Aries, Argentina

On behalf of the Government of Argentina and the OPCW, the Director-Generalwishes to invite Member States in the Latin American and Caribbean region tonominate participants for the third advanced regional assistance-and-protection course on Chemical-...

Call for Nominations for the Third Advanced Course on Assistance and Protection

26 May 2014 — 30 May 2014 | Beijing, China

Deadline for applications: 21 March 2014 On behalf of the Government of China and the OPCW, the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for an Advanced Assistance-and-Protection Course, which will take place in Beiji...

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...

Course on the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the CWC in the Framework of OPCW Proficiency Testing

02 June 2014 — 13 June 2014 | Madrid, Spain

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 relate...

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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