About Us
We want to live in a world free of chemical weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

Our Goal

OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

Demilitarisation

Destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW.

Industry

Monitoring chemical industry to prevent chemical weapons from re-emerging.

Emergency

Providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats.

Chemistry for Peace

Fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

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