Articles

Article I – General Obligations

Article I sets out the general obligations of each State Party under the Convention

Article II – Definitions and Criteria

Article II sets out the definitions and criteria to be used in implementing the Convention

Article II sets out the definitions and criteria to be used in implementing the Convention

Article II sets out the definitions and criteria to be used in implementing the Convention

Article IV – Chemical Weapons

Article IV sets out the requirements for States Parties to destroy their chemical weapons

Article V – Chemical Weapons Production Facilities

Article V relates to the requirement for States Parties to destroy and/or convert their Chemical Weapons Production Facilities (CWPFs)

Article VI – Activities Not Prohibited under this Convention

Article VI covers “activities not prohibited under this Convention”, otherwise known as the non-proliferation or industry verification regime

Article VII – National Implementation Measures

Article VII covers national implementation of the Convention and requires each State Party to enact implementing legislation at the national level

Article VIII – The Organization

Article VIII establishes the OPCW as the implementing body of the Convention

Article IX – Consultations, Cooperation and Fact-Finding

Article IX provides for the consultation and clarification if concerns about possible non-compliance arise

Article X – Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons

Article X provides for assistance and protection to a State Party if it is attacked or threatened with attack by chemical weapons

Article XI – Economic and Technological Development

Article XI provides international cooperation for the economic and technological development of States Parties

Article XII – Measures to Redress a Situation and to Ensure Compliance, Including Sanctions

Article XII deals with measures to ensure compliance, including sanctions against a State Party that fails to uphold its treaty obligations

Article XIII – Relation to Other International Agreements

Article XIII deals with the relations with other international treaties

Article XIV – Settlement of Disputes

Article XIV deals with the settlement of disputes that may arise concerning the application or the interpretation of the Convention

Article XV – Amendments

Article XV deals with the amendments to the Convention

Article XVI – Duration and Withdrawal

Article XVI deals with the duration of the Convention and the States Parties’ the right to withdraw from the Convention

Article XVII – Status of the Annexes

Article XVII relates to the status of the Convention’s annexes

Article XVIII – Signature

Article XVIII deals with the signature of the Convention

Article XIX – Ratification

Article XIX related to the ratification of the Convention

Article XX – Accession

Article XX relates to the accession to the Convention

Article XXI – Entry into Force

Article XXI deals with the entry into force of the Convention

Article XXII – Reservations

Article XXII deals with reservations

Article XXIII – Depositary

Article XXIII relates to the Depositary of the Convention

Article XXIV – Authentic Texts

Article XXIV covers the authenticity of texts

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