Conference of the States Parties
Non-Governmental Organisations

Civil society and non‑governmental organisations (NGOs) help to raise awareness and advocate for a world free of chemical weapons.

Applications for NGO accreditation have now closed. 

Application Decisions

Applications will be reviewed and decided upon by the General Committee of the Conference. Application decisions are expected to be communicated by the end of September, by email from OPCW Public Affairs. This is intended to allow for sufficient time for approved applicants to make travel and visa arrangements.

Applicants are advised to not arrange travel without receiving a written confirmation from the OPCW.


To be considered for accreditation to the Conference, representatives from civil society must demonstrate strong engagement with issues of relevance to the Chemical Weapons Convention through the application form.

  • NGOs must submit an application form for each attendee.
  • The names of applicants cannot be altered after submission. NGOs should submit the names of their representatives only after careful consideration. 
  • Each applicant may only represent a single organisation.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to be considered.
  • The Secretariat will evaluate all applications for validity and relevance.

Financial Support

Limited/partial financial support to participate may be available for NGOs based in countries with developing or transitioning economies. Eligible applicants can express interest for consideration for financial support in the application form.

More Information

The Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition (CWCC) – an umbrella group for civil society organisations working for a full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention – can provide more details about civil society participation at the Conference.

For more information contact Dr Paul Walker.