Second Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Second Review Conference or RC-2)

Dates: 7 April – 18 April 2008

The two-week Second Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention officially ended on Friday night, 18 April 2008 with a clear reaffirmation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and work of its implementing agency, the OPCW.

Chairperson: Ambassador Waleed A. Elkhereiji of Saudi Arabia. 117 States Parties participated.

Reports, Agendas and Related Documents

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    RC-2/4 Report of the Second Review Conference 18/04/2008
    N/A Chemical Weapons Destruction: Progress and Challenges Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A Prospects for CWC Universality Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A Outreach and Codes of Conduct Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A CWC and Industry: 10 Years On and Beyond Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A Economic and technological development Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    N/A International Council of Chemical Associations: The role of industry in the Chemical Weapons Convention Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 09/04/2008
    RC-2/DG.2 Opening Statement by The Director-General to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    RC-2/2 Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Second Review Conference, Delivered by Mr Tim Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General Of The Conference On Disarmament 07/04/2008
    RC-2/S/1* Review of the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention since the First Review Conference 31/03/2008
    RC-2/1 Provisional Agenda for the Second Review Conference 11/03/2008
    RC-2/DG.1/Corr.1 Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology Corrigendum 05/03/2008
    RC-2/DG.1 Report of the Scientific Advisory Board on Developments in Science and Technology 28/02/2008
    N/A Assessment of the OPCW international cooperation programs: perspective from a developing State Party-Open Forum:The Chemical Weapons Convention – recent experience and future prospects 19/09/2007

National Statements

      Title Date  
    Singapore: Statement at the Second Review Conference 04/12/2008
    Malaysia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 03/12/2008
    South Africa: Statement at the Second Review Conference 02/12/2008
    Ukraine: Statement at the Second Review Conference 02/12/2008
    Mexico: Statement at the Second Review Conference 02/12/2008
    Iran: Statement at the Second Review Conference 02/12/2008
    Japan: Promotion of Non-Proliferation of Chemical Weapons 28/04/2008
    Philippines: Statement at the Second Review Conference 18/04/2008
    Japan’s Efforts Toward Early Destruction of ACW in China 16/04/2008
    Position Paper Submitted by the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba on Behalf of the Member States of the NAM that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, to the Second Review Conference 15/04/2008
    The Netherlands: Connecting with the Wider Environment for Better Operation of the Convention 15/04/2008
    Finland: Analysis of Biomedical Samples upon Allegation of use of Chemical Weapons 14/04/2008
    Request for Circulation of a Document at the Second Review Conference 11/04/2008
    Switzerland: Article X, Assistance and Cooperation against Chemical Weapons 09/04/2008
    Switzerland: Risk Assessment of the Different Types of Plant Sites/Facilities Under Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 09/04/2008
    Switzerland: Riot Control and Incapacitating Agents under the Chemical Weapons Convention 09/04/2008
    Switzerland: Inclusion of Data on Non-Scheduled Chemicals in the OPCW Central Analytical Database to Facilitate Comprehensive Chemical Weapons Analysis 09/04/2008
    Australia: Sequential Inspections 08/04/2008
    The Republic Of Korea: Proposal for Enhancing the Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness of Other Chemical Production Facilities Inspections 08/04/2008
    United States: Statement at the Second Review Conference 08/04/2008
    Zambia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Cuba: Statement on behalf of the NAM CWC States Parties and China to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Bangladesh: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    African Group: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Slovenia: Statement by Ms Anita Pipan, Director General for Policy Planning and Multilateral Political Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia on Behalf of the European Union and Associated Countries, to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Statement By Dr. José A. Díaz Duque, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, on Behalf of the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement to the Chemical Weapons Convention and China, at RC-2 07/04/2008
    Pakistan: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Thailand: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Sudan: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    India: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Viet Nam: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    China: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Hong Kong SAR (China): Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    Mongolia: Statement at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    The Netherlands: Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr Maxime Verhagen, to the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Challenge Inspection 25/03/2008
    The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Verification Issues 25/03/2008
    The People’s Republic of China: Report on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in China 25/03/2008
    The People’s Republic of China Position Paper: Chemical Weapons Abandoned by Japan in China 25/03/2008

Decisions

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    RC-2/DEC.3 Decision: Attendance by Non-Governmental Organisations at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    RC-2/DEC.2 Decision: Attendance by International Organisations, Specialised Agencies, and Other International Bodies at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008
    RC-2/DEC.1 Decision: Attendance by Non-Signatory States at the Second Review Conference 07/04/2008