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Invitation to apply to the associate programme 2015

23 July 2015 — 02 October 2015 | The Hague, The Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States of its intention to hold the OPCW Associate Programme 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands, and elsewhere from 23 July to 2 October 2015. The programme aims to fos...

Call for Nominations for a Course on Analytical Skills Development at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), UMEÅ, Sweden

24 August 2015 — 04 September 2015 | UMEÅ, Sweden

The OPCW Technical Secretariat wishes to inform Member States that in 2015 it will hold an analytical-skills-development course (ASDC), at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Umeå, Sweden, from 24 August to 4 September 2015. The aim of the c...

Regional Course for Customs Authorities of States Parties in Asia on Technical Aspects of the Transfers Regime of the CWC

25 August 2015 — 28 August 2015 | Bangkok, Thailand

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities from States Parties in Asia to nominate participants for a regional...

Call for Nominations for the Fourth OPCW Assistance-and-Protection Training Course for Instructors

26 August 2015 — 02 September 2015 | 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 in the fourth OPCW training course for instructors in assistance and protection, which ...

Call for Nominations for the Fourth Regional Assistance and Protection Course for Instructors from African States Parties

31 August 2015 — 07 September 2015 | Tshwane, South Africa

On behalf of the Government of South Africa and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties in Africa to nominate representatives to participate in the fourth assistance and pr...

Call for Nominations for a Course on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons, Kuopio, Finland,

31 August 2015 — 04 September 2015 | Kuopio, Finland

On behalf of the Government of Finland 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 on assistance and protection against chemic...

Invitation to Apply for Two Chemical Engineering Internships for African Countries to be Held at the Beijing University, China

01 September 2015 — 29 February 2016 | Beijing, China

Under the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Africa Programme”), the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite Afri...

Call for Nominations for Two Courses on the Enhancement of Laboratory Skills for the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the CWC

07 September 2015 — 18 September 2015 | Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) in Helsinki, Finland

The OPCW Technical Secretariat wishes to inform Member States that in 2015 it will hold two courses on the enhancement of laboratory skills for the analysis of chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention at the Finnish Institute for Verifica...

Regional Training Course for the States Parties in Eastern Europe on the Technical Aspects of the Transfers regime of the CWC

08 September 2015 — 11 September 2015 | Belgrade, Serbia

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Serbia, the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities from States Parties in Eastern Europe to nominate participants for a regional traini...

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

14 September 2015 — 18 September 2015 | The Hague, The Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW (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 14 to...

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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