Iraq Designates National Authority For The Chemical Weapons Convention

Monday, 16 February 2009
In compliance with its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Republic of Iraq has informed the OPCW that it has established the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate, which will assume the functions of its National Authority.

The announcement came on 12 February 2009, the same day that the CWC entered into force for Iraq, officially making it the 186th State Party to the Convention. As of today, 178 of these States Parties have established or designated National Authorities.

A National Authority is crucial to ensuring the effective implementation of the CWC within each State Party’s national jurisdiction. Article VII, paragraph 4 of the Convention states: “In order to fulfil its obligations under this Convention, each State Party shall designate or establish a National Authority to serve as the national focal point for effective liaison with the Organization and other States Parties. Each State Party shall notify the Organization of its National Authority at the time that this Convention enters into force for it.”

The National Authority has the responsibility of implementing the provisions of CWC at the national level. To meet its basic obligations, each State Party must be able to submit all required declarations, communicate with the OPCW, cooperate with other States Parties, facilitate OPCW inspections, respond to OPCW requests for assistance, protect the confidentiality of classified information, monitor and enforce national compliance, and cooperate in the peaceful uses of chemistry. States Parties are also obliged to declare and to eliminate all chemical weapons stockpiles and chemical weapons production facilities. The National Authority plays an indispensable role in all of these activities.

OPCW News 05/2009


Categories: Asia, National implementation, Universality

For further information, please contact Peter Sawczak, Acting Head, OPCW Media & Public Affairs. Tel: + 31 (0) 70 416 3725 or +31 (0)(0) 6 4681 2954 or media@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

More news

Picture of Participants at the 16th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Panama City, Panama from 23 - 25 June 2015.

16th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean held in Panama City, Panama

The Government of Panama and the OPCW co-hosted the 16th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean from 23-25 June 2015 in Panama City with 37 participants from 29 OPCW States Parties.*...03 July 2015Full story

UN High Representative for Disarmament Visits OPCW

The Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, received on 2 July 2015 the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr Kim Won-Soo, at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.  Ambassador Üzümcü and Under...03 July 2015Full story

OPCW and UK host Workshop on Training Inspection Escorts for representatives from Angola and Myanmar

The OPCW, in cooperation with the Government of the United Kingdom conducted a four-day workshop on Training Inspection Escorts for representatives from Angola and Myanmar from 22-25 June, 2015. The workshop comprised a training...02 July 2015Full story

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Visits the OPCW

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, visited the OPCW on 29 June 2015 and met the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü. The Director-General and the Minister discussed a broad...30 June 2015Full story

OPCW Director-General Speaks at CTBTO Conference

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, delivered a keynote speech to the CTBT: Science and Technology 2015 Conference (SnT2015) on 22 June 2015 upon the invitation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty...23 June 2015Full story

Chemical Safety and Security Management Course Enhances Lab Capacity in Latin America and Caribbean Region

Nineteen participants from the Latin America and Caribbean region recently participated in a course on chemical safety and security in Argentina. Organised by the OPCW in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología...23 June 2015Full story

German Bundestag Delegation Visits the OPCW

The Deputy Director-General, Ambassador Grace Asirwatham, met on 22 June 2015 a delegation from the Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation of the German Bundestag.  The delegation comprised Mr...23 June 2015Full story

The Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) Visits the OPCW

The Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Ms Grete Faremo, visited the OPCW Headquarters on 19 June 2015 and met with the Director-General, Ambassador Üzümcü. Ambassador Üzümcü and Ms...22 June 2015Full story

Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa visits the OPCW

The Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, visited the OPCW on 18 June 2015 and met with the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador...22 June 2015Full story

Disposal of effluents from neutralised Syrian chemical weapons completed

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) welcomes the completion of disposal of effluents resulting from neutralisation operations aboard the US vessel Cape Ray.  These operations governed the...17 June 2015Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1536
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

Are you subscribed already and wish to unsubscribe or update your profile?