Speeches & Statements by the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW

This section contains speeches and statements from Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü as well as selected statements by former Directors-General. Please select a statement below to read it.

Left: OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü addressing a ceremony marking the completion of chemical weapons destruction activities at seven facilities by the U.S. Army Chemical Weapons Agency (CMA) in the United States.

Statements by the Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü

      Title Date  
    Keynote Speech by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü: 20th International Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference London, United Kingdom 25/05/2017
    Keynote: 1st Scientific International Conference On CBRNE (SICC): Twenty years after the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Looking back and looking forward 23/05/2017
    Statement by the Director-General: Ceremony to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW 26/04/2017
    Statement by Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, OPCW "Supporting the Aims of Resolution 1540 through Chemical Weapons Convention" 06/04/2017
    Eighth Singapore International Symposium on Protection Against Toxic Substances (SISPAT) “Staying one step ahead of evolving CBRN threats through international cooperation” Keynote Address by Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General 21/03/2017
    Statement at the Official Opening of the Tree of Life Monument at the Garden of the Embassy of Iraq 16/03/2017
    The Oxford Union Address by Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü Director-General OPCW, 20 February 2017 20/02/2017
    Meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Implementation of Resolution 1540 2004 15 December 2016 15/12/2016
    Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare Statement by the Director-General The Twenty-first Session of the Conference of States Parties 30 November 2016 30/11/2016
    Opening Remarks by the Director-General 18th Annual Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention 23 November 2016 23/11/2016
    Opening Remarks by Director-General OPCW, Ahmet Üzümcü “Training Course for National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention on Training Escorts for Inspections” Doha Regional Centre for CBRN Training Doha, Qatar 23/10/2016
    “Abolishing Chemical Weapons: 20 Years On” Lecture by Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar 23 October 2016 23/10/2016
    Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, OPCW Director-General Regional Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management Dhaka, Bangladesh 18/10/2016
    Lecture by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the University of Dhaka 18/10/2016
    Speech to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW Dhaka, Bangladesh 17/10/2016
    Lecture delivered by Ahmet Üzümcü, OPCW Director-General Korea National Diplomatic Academy 09/09/2016
    Chemical Weapons: New Threats and Ongoing Challenges Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW Fifth Seoul Defense Dialogue 08/09/2016
    The OPCW's Mission and Role for International Peace and Prosperity Address to Students at Hankuk University 08/09/2016
    Remarks at Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research Annual Retreat, Bad Nauheim, Germany 21/07/2016
    Keynote Speech 19th International Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference (CWD) 26/05/2016
    Remarks to Symposium on Women in Chemistry 17/05/2016
    Opening Remarks at the Chemical Safety and Security Management Workshop for North Africa, Middle East and Gulf Sub-Regions 16/05/2016
    The Speech of the Director-General to NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation 09/05/2016
    Closing Remarks to OPCW Day 04/05/2016
    Opening Remarks OPCW Day 2016: Chemical Safety and Security in a Technologically Evolving World 02/05/2016
    Remarks to Advisory Board on Education and Outreach 28/04/2016
    Re-Arming Our Humanity: Contributions of Disarmament to Peace 01/02/2016
    Remarks at the Ceremony for Conferment of Légion d'Honneur (French) 15/12/2015
    Remarks by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the 17th Annual Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention 27/11/2015
    Remarks by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the Closing Ceremony of Maradykovsky Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility 30/10/2015
    Destruction and Beyond: New and Emerging Challenges for Chemical Disarmament – Speech by the Director-General at the 3rd International Symposium on Development of CBRN-Defence Capabilities 20/10/2015
    Remarks by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the Closing Ceremony of the Associate Programme 02/10/2015
    Opening remarks by OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü, at the Workshop on Guidelines for the Practice of Chemistry under the Norms of the CWC 17/09/2015
    Chemical Disarmament at the Crossroads: Past Successes and Future Challenges - Lecture to Institute for Political Studies of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa 11/09/2015
    Partnerships for Disarmament: Lessons from Chemical Weapons Disarmament: Speech to Institute of Chemical Technology 04/09/2015
    Reinforcing the Norm Against Chemical Weapons: Speech to Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses 03/09/2015
    Remarks by Director-General at University of Surrey 16/07/2015
    Keynote Speech at CTBT: Science and Technology 2015 Conference (SnT2015) 22/06/2015
    Wilton Park Event “100 years of Chemical Weapons and the Future of the OPCW” - Statement by the Director-General at the British Embassy, The Hague 15 June 2015 15/06/2015
    “Towards a World Free of Chemical Weapons: Disarmament for the Next Generation” Lecture by OPCW Director-Genera Ahmet Üzümcül at Tsinghua University, China 07/06/2015
    Statement by the Director-General at the 18th International Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference 04/06/2015
    Opening remarks by OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü, at 13th Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Africa 02/06/2015
    Conférence du Directeur général de l'OIAC, Ahmet Üzümcü, à l’Université des sciences et de la technologie Houari-Boumediene (French) 01/06/2015
    Remarks by Director-General at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, 26 May 2015 26/05/2015
    Statement by the Director-General at the Remembrance Day for the Victims of Chemical Warfare 29/04/2015
    OPCW Director-General Statement at Ieper Commemorative Gathering 21/04/2015
    Director-General's Justice Breyer Lecture at Brookings Institution 09/04/2015
    Commemoration of the 1988 Halabja Chemical Weapons Attack 16/03/2015
    A Disarmament for Peace: Nobel Peace Prize Forum 07/03/2015
    What Has Made the OPCW Successful - Director-General speech's at the Institute of International Relations, Prague 16 February 2015 16/02/2015
    Director-General's speech at Kyoto University 12 February 2015 12/02/2015
    Chemical Disarmament: The Syria Mission and Beyond Speech at Complutense University Madrid 22/01/2015
    Opening remarks by Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General at Sixteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities 27/11/2014
    Director-General's Opening Address at the Vincent Award 21/11/2014
    Director-General's Address at the Said Business School, University of Oxford 17 November 2014 17/11/2014
    Keynote Speech at the Aula Magna, Havana University: Science in the Service of Humanity: The OPCW and Global Chemical Disarmament 20/10/2014
    Opening Remarks at the Regional Course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for States Parties in the Latin America and Caribbean Region 20-23 October 2014, Havana, Republic of Cuba 20/10/2014
    Opening Address at the Education for Peace: New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament conference 21/09/2014
    Director-General's speech at the opening event of Just Peace weekend 19/09/2014
    Director-General's Statement at the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, Brussels 4 September 2014 04/09/2014
    Letter to the Pancretan Commission Against the Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons in the Enclosed Sea of the Mediterranean Sea 29/07/2014
    Statement of the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Copenhagen, 25 June 2014 25/06/2014
    Director-General's remarks at the Tenth Annual NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation 23/06/2014
    Director-General's Address at the ACUNS Annual Meeting, Istanbul 19 June 2014 19/06/2014
    Statement of the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, at the opening session of the World Congress on CBRNe Science and Consequence Management 02/06/2014
    Keynote at ECSITE 2014: Communicating Science for Peace: the Chemical Disarmament Experience 24/05/2014
    Lecture by OPCW Director-General Belarusian State University 19/05/2014
    Director-General Statement at the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM) 15/05/2014
    Remarks by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the Unveiling of Halabja Monument 29/04/2014
    Victim Remembrance Day Statement by Director-General OPCW 29/04/2014
    Conference Remarks by the Director-General at the Foreign Ministry in Uruguay 09/04/2014
    Towards a World Free of Chemical Weapons: The Role and Work of the OPCW on the Path to Global Disarmament - Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW 07/04/2014
    Opening statement at the Regional Meeting on Education in the Responsible Application of Knowledge of Dual-Use Chemicals 07/04/2014
    Acceptance Speech by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the University of Bologna 17/01/2014
    Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü Address to the Italian Parliament 16/01/2014
    2013 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture: Working Together for a World Free of Chemical Weapons, and Beyond 10/12/2013
    Director-General’s Statement at the 34th Meeting of the Executive Council 05/11/2013
    Thank You Letter From the Director-General Upon Winning the Nobel Peace Prize 18/10/2013
    Director-General's Statement at the Press Conference on 9 October 2013 09/10/2013
    Speech at the Fortieth Anniversary of VERIFIN 07/10/2013
    Director-General’s Statement on Executive Council Decision on Destruction of Syria Chemical Weapons 27/09/2013
    Address to the 2013 Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference 05/06/2013
    Statement by the Director-General at the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare 29/04/2013
    Director-General's Talking Points at the Opening of an Exhibition Marking the 15th Year of the OPCW 15/04/2013
    Opening Remarks to the Press Conference by OPCW Director-General 08/04/2013
    Director-General's Opening Statement to the Third Review Conference 08/04/2013
    The Chemical Weapons Convention: Making Disarmament Happen 19/03/2013
    Knowledge Transfer, International Organisations and Global Education 18/03/2013
    Director-General's Address at the Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the Asia Region 11/12/2012
    Keynote Address to the Seventh Singapore International Symposium on Protection against Toxic Substances (SISPAT) 04/12/2012
    Speaking Notes: Cooperative Threat Reduction: Partnering for a More Secure World 03/12/2012
    Remarks by the Director-General on the occasion of the unveiling of the monument sponsored by Iran 26/11/2012
    Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Conference of the States Parties at its Seventeenth Session 25/11/2012
    Opening Remarks by the Director-General at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities 22/11/2012
    Director General's Statement at the Sixty-Seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly 19/11/2012
    Director General Talking Points at Wilton Park: The Chemical Weapons Convention: Third Review Conference and Beyond 17/10/2012
    Welcome remarks by the Director-General: Informal meeting between States Parties and the Chemical Industry 23/09/2012
    Remarks made by the Director-General during the flag-hoisting ceremony, 31 August 2012 31/08/2012
    John Gee Memorial Lecture 25/07/2012
    Address at the Lowy Institute for International Policy 25/07/2012
    Eulogy for Mr. Leslie Gumbi 20/07/2012
    Director-General's Address at the 22nd International Conference on Chemistry Education and the 11th European Conference on Research in Chemical Education 16/07/2012
    Director General's Opening Remarks: Article X Programmes – Opportunities for the OPCW Member States 09/07/2012
    Statement by H. E. Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW At the Tenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia 26/06/2012
    Address: 15th Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference 22/05/2012
    Remarks: Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) Closing Ceremony 17/05/2012
    Director-General's Address at the Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical-Safety-and-Security Management for Member States of the Region of Southeast and South Asia 03/05/2012
    Statement by the Director-General at Remembrance Day For All Victims of Chemical Warfare 26/04/2012
    Director-General's Statement during the State Visit of H.E. Abdullah GÜL, President of the Republic of Turkey 18/04/2012
    Remarks during an OPCW Visit by the Institute for High Defense Studies (Instituto Alti Studi Per La Difesa) 28/03/2012
    Opening Remarks during a Visit by the Institute for High Defence Studies (Istituto Altri Studi Per La Difesa) 27/03/2012
    Address to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Belgium Section 15/03/2012
    Speech at Monterey Institute of International Studies, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies 27/02/2012
    DG Statement at the IUPAC Workshop: Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 20/02/2012
    Director–General’s remarks at the meeting of The Hague Programme on Disarmament & Non- Proliferation Efforts on the outcomes of the 7th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Conference 02/02/2012
    Multilateral Cooperation for Security- The example of the Chemical Weapons Convention 10/01/2012
    Statement at Third International Workshop on Analysis of Chemical Warfare Agents to Mark the International Year of Chemistry 08/12/2011
    Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Conference of the States Parties at its Sixteenth Session 28/11/2011
    Statement at the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly FC Statement 12/10/2011
    Address by Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director–General. at the Closing Session of the Associate Programme 2011 23/09/2011
    Speaking Notes: Annual NATO Conference on WMD Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation 16/06/2011
    Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Conference of the States Parties at Its Fifteenth Session 29/11/2010
    International Meeting on Chemical Safety and Security 08/11/2010
    65th Session of the UN General Assembly - First Committee -- Statement 13/10/2010
    High-level Meeting on Revitalizing the Work of the Conference on Disarmament and Taking Forward Multilateral Disarmament Negotiations 24/09/2010
    OPCW Director-General’s Farewell Address to the Clingendael Institute 03/06/2010
    Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Conference of the States Parties at Its Fourteenth Session 30/11/2009

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Selected Statements by former Directors-General

      Title Date  
    Address By OPCW Director-General at the 42nd IUPAC Congress, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 3 August 2009 03/08/2009
    DG Statement to 12th World Congress of Public Health Associations, Istanbul, Turkey 28/04/2009
    Address by OPCW Director-General to the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, 24 Feb 2009 24/02/2009
    Address by Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter Director-General of the OPCW to Clingendael Institute 16/09/2008
    Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, 27 April 2006 27/04/2006
    OPCW Director-General Addresses the Sixtieth Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee 10/10/2005
    Keynote Address by OPCW Director-General to the Ninth Global Green USA Legacy Forum, Washington 2005 23/09/2005
    OPCW Director-General's Address to the Cyprus CWC Workshop Nicosia, Cyprus, 13 June 2005 13/06/2005
    Address to the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Organisation of American States by OPCW Director-General 12/04/2005
    DG Address to the 4th Singapore International Symposium on Protection against Toxic Substances (SISPAT) 06/12/2004
    Address by the DG to the Fifty-Seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations 21/11/2002
    Address by Mr Rogelio Pfirter, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Fourth National Dialogue Forum 11/11/2002
    Address by the Director-General to the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security to the Fifty-Seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations 23/10/2002
    Welcome address by DG to the 4th Annual Meeting of National Authorities 04/10/2002
    Welcome Address by DG to the Induction Workshop for Diplomatic Personnel Involved in the Work of the OPCW’s Policy-Making Organs and Subsidiary Bodies 30/09/2002
    Closing Statement by Director-General to the Basic Course for Personnel Involved in the National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention 03/09/2002
    Statement by Jose Mauricio Bustani Director-General of the OPCW to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 16 October 1997 17/10/1997

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