First Session of the Conference of the States Parties (C-I)

Dates: 6 May – 23 May 1997

In accordance with Article VIII, paragraph 10 of the Convention, the Secretary- General of the United Nations, in his capacity as Depositary of the Convention, convened the First Session of the Conference of the States Parties in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 6 - 23 May 1997.

80 States Parties participated.

Chairman: Mr Pieter Cornelis Feith of the Netherlands.

Agenda items included:

  • Financial Regulations;
  • Scale of Assessments to be paid by States Parties;
  • Staff Regulations and rules;
  • All matters related to the transfer of property, functions and recommendations of the Commission to the Organisation;
  • Headquarters Agreement with the Host Country;
  • The (Preliminary) Tenancy Agreement of the OPCW Building;
  • Models for facility agreements; 
  • OPCW Media and Public Affairs Policy.

Reports, Agendas and Related Documents

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    C-I/3/Rev.2 Rules of Procedure of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 08/04/2013
    C-IV/DG.2 Provisional Agenda of the Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties 06/05/1999
    C-I/8 Committee of the Whole: Report of Sixth Meeting 24/05/1997
    C-I/DG.6/Rev.1 Recruitment of Inspector Trainees for Training Group B1 23/05/1997
    C-I/9 Report of the First Session of the Conference of the States Parties 23/05/1997
    C-I/7 Committee of the Whole Report of Fifth Meeting 22/05/1997
    C-I/6 Credentials of Representatives to the First Session of the Conference of the States Parties 21/05/1997
    C-I/DG.4 Summary of Nominations for the External Auditor of the OPCW 16/05/1997
    C-I/5 Committee of the Whole Report of Third and Fourth Meetings 15/05/1997
    C-I/4 Committee of the Whole Report of First and Second Meetings 14/05/1997
    C-I/2 Agenda Items Referred to the Committee of the Whole by the Conference of the States Parties 12/05/1997
    C-I/1 Agenda 06/05/1997
    C-I/DG.3 Draft OPCW Budget 03/05/1997


      Document Symbol Title Date  
    C-I/DEC.3/Rev.2 Decision: OPCW Financial Regulations 30/11/2017
    C-I/DEC.55/Rev.1 Decision: OPCW Media and Public Affairs Policy 30/11/2017
    C-I/DEC.13/Rev.1 Decision: OPCW Policy on Confidentiality 02/02/2006
    C-I/DEC.64/Corr.1 Decision: OPCW Central Analytical Database - Corrigendum 13/10/1997
    C-I/DEC.74/Corr.2 Decision: Programme and Budget and Working Capital Fund Corrigendum 2 03/09/1997
    C-I/DEC.74 Decision: 1997 Programme and Budget and Working Capital Fund 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.72 Decision: Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.71/Corr.1 Decision: List of Approved Equipment with Operational Requirements and Technical Specifications Corrigendum 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.73 Decision: Appointment of the First External Auditor of the OPCW 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.75 Decision: Scale of Assessments 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.74 (Annotations) Decision: Annotations to the 1997 OPCW Budget 23/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.71 Decision: List of Approved Inspection Equipment with Operational Requirements and Technical Specifications 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.62 Decision: Criteria for Acceptable Performance of Laboratories in Proficiency Testing 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.68 Decision: Staff Rules for Recruitment and Service Conditions 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.69 Decision: Approval of the Sale of the OPCW Building 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.70 Decision: Procedure for Addressing Unresolved Issues During The First Intersessional Period 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.61 Decision: Criteria for the Designation of Laboratories by the OPCW 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.60 Decision: Proficiency Testing Leading to Certification of Designated Laboratories 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.63 Decision: Procedure for the Provisional Certification of the Central OPCW Analytical Database 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.64 Decision: OPCW Central Analytical Database 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.67 Decision: Scope of Activities of Designated Laboratories, and the Role and Status of Other Laboratories 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.66 Decision: Conditions in Relation to Future Proficiency Tests 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.65 Decision: Criteria for the Conduct of OPCW/PTS Proficiency Testing 22/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.58 Decision: Closure Date of the Session of the Conference of the States Parties 19/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.52 Decision: Voluntary Fund for Assistance 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.53 Decision: Data Bank on Protection Against Chemical Weapons to be Established in Accordance with Article X(5) of the Convention 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.54 Decision: Model Bilateral Agreement Concerning the Procurement of Assistance 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.56 Decision: Visa Procedures for OPCW Inspectors and Inspection Assistants 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.50 Decision: Use of Approved Equipment During On-Site Inspections 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.51 Decision: Measures in Relation to Approved Equipment Following Completion of Inspection Activities 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.57 Decision: Information Management System 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.47 Decision: Sampling and Analysis During Investigations of Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.46 Decision: Understanding on the Status of "Qualified Experts" in the Context of Investigations of Alleged Use 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.45 Decision: Illustrative List of Objective Indicators to Facilitate the Executive Council in Addressing Any Concern, in Accordance with Paragraph 22 of Article IX, whether the Right to Request a Challenge Inspection has Been Abused 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.44 Decision: Notification Formats in Challenge Inspection, Illustrative Examples Of The Type Of Information Which Might Be Included Under... 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.48 Decision: Use of the Recognised Reference Datums for Declarations 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.49 Decision: Guidelines for the Certification of Training Courses Offered By Member States as Part of the General Training Scheme for Any Future Inspector Training Activities by the OPCW 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.38 Decision: Changes to Annual Declarations 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.39 Decision: Understandings in Relation to Part IX of the Verification Annex 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.41 Decision: Transfer of Schedule 1 Chemicals 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.40 Decision: Mixed Plants 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.33 Decision: Frequency, Duration, and Intensity of Inspection of Industrial Facilities 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.32 Decision: Assessment of the Risk Posed by a Schedule 2 Facility to the Object and Purpose of the Convention 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.26 Decision: Destroyed Chemical Weapons Munitions Retained for Display or Training Purposes 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.25 Decision: Criteria for the Applicability and Sufficiency of Bilateral/Multilateral Verification Procedures 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.24 Decision: Procedures for the Closure/Inactivation of CWPF 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.23 Decision: Primary Decontamination of the Chemical Weapons Production Facility 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.27 Decision: Temporary Holding Areas at Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.28 Decision: Temporary Conversion of Chemical Weapons Production Facilities to Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.31 Decision: Understanding with Respect to the Terms "Buried by A State Party on its Territory" and "Dumped At Sea" 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.30 Decision: Declaration Requirements for Chemical Weapons Buried by a State Party on its Territory after 1976 or Dumped at Sea after 1984 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.29 Decision: Destruction of Chemical Weapons Production Facilities 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.34 Decision: Verification at Mixed Plant Sites 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.35 Decision: Scope of the Term "Alkyl" in the Schedules of Chemicals 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.36 Decision: Sub-Distribution and Packaging 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.43 Decision: The Meaning of "Production" In the Context of Schedule 1 Production Facilities Covered Under Article VI 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.42 Decision: Recycled Schedule 2 Chemicals 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.15 Decision: Precision of Declaration of National Aggregate Quantities of Toxic Chemicals and Their Precursors Defined as Chemical Weapons and of Individual Munitions and Container Items 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.14 Decision: References to Munitions in the Verification Annex, Part IV (A), Section A, Paragraphs 1 (c) (iii) And 1(c) (iv) 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.12 Decision: Lists of Items to be Stockpiled for Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance in Accordance with Article VIII(39)(B) (Paris Resolution, Subparagraph 12(B)) 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.16 Decision: Simulant Filled Munitions for Testing Chemical Munitions Destruction Procedures 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.17 Decision: Declaration of Chemical Weapons Locations and Their Detailed Inventories 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.20 Decision: Approval of Arrangements Made Between the OPCW and the States Parties for the Inspection of CW Destruction Facilities During the Transitional Period 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.19 Decision: Verification Activities at a Temporary Holding Area Within a CW Destruction Facility 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.18 Decision: Declarations for Chemical Weapons Storage Locations and National Aggregate Declarations 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.21 Decisions: Guidelines with Respect to the Applicability of Bilateral/Multilateral Verification Procedures 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.22 Decision: Line in the Budget for Installed Monitoring Equipment Provided by the Secretariat 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.37 Decision: Waste Disposal 16/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.5 Decision: (Preliminary) Tenancy Agreement and Related Understandings and Supplementary Understandings 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.9 Decision: Deadlines for Submission of the Information Specified In Part IV (A), Paragraphs 30 to 32 of the Verification Annex, In Accordance with Paragraph 34 of that Part (Paris Resolution, Subparagraph 12(K)) 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.7 Decision: Procedures for the Inspection of Equipment, In Accordance with Part II, Paragraph 29, of the Verification Annex (Paris Resolution, Subparagraph 12(F)) 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.6 Decision: Guidelines on Detailed Procedures for Verification and for the Conduct of Inspections at Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities, in Accordance with, Inter Alia, Part II, Paragraph 42, of the Verification Annex 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.59 Decision: OPCW Headquarters Agreement 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.8 Decision: Procedures Concerning the Implementation of Safety Requirements for Activities of Inspectors and Inspection Assistants, In Accordance With Part II, Paragraph 43, of the Verification Annex 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.4 Decision: Matters Related to the Transfer of Property, Functions and Recommendations of the Commission to the OPCW 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.11 Decision: Recommendations for Guidelines for Transitional Verification Arrangements, in Accordance with Part IV (A), Paragraph 51, of the Verification Annex (Paris Resolution, Subparagraph 12(M)) 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.10 Decision: Recommendations for Determining the Frequency of Systematic On-Site Inspections of Storage Facilities, In Accordance With Part IV (A), Paragraph 44, of the Verification Annex (Paris Resolution, Subparagraph 12(L)) 14/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.2 Decision: Appointment of the Director-General 13/05/1997
    C-I/DEC.1 Decision: Attendance at the First Session of the Conference by International Organisations, Specialised Agencies, Other International Bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations and Status of Non-Governmental Organisations 06/05/1997