Non-Government Organisations

Registration Closed

Registration for the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties (CSP-SS-4) for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) is now closed. 

Conference Venues

World Forum
Churchillplein 10,
2517JW The Hague
The Netherlands
Thursday 28 June

OPCW Headquarters
Johan de Wittlaan 32
2517JR The Hague
The Netherlands

Both venues are within a short walking distance from each other.

Public and Private Sessions of the Conference

The Conference will be held as a public meeting that is open to accredited individuals only on 26 June and as a private meeting on 27 and 28 June. In the private session only States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and invited International Organisations may attend. Note: At the request of a State Party, deliberations may enter classified mode where only States Parties may participate.

Travel Support

The OPCW is unable to offer any financial support for travel and accommodation of NGOs to participate in the Special Session.


NGOs are responsible for securing any visas required for entry into the Netherlands. Visas may be obtained from consular missions of the Netherlands.

NGO representatives whose country of residence does not have a consular mission of the Netherlands may instead obtain a visa from the mission of another country that is party to the Schengen Agreement and is responsible for issuing visas on behalf of the Netherlands.  

If a Note Verbale is required for the visa application, contact the OPCW Visa Unit.

Organisational Details

All registered NGO representatives will require a conference badge to gain access to public Conference sessions, both at the World Forum and at OPCW Headquarters.

Badges will be issued, upon presentation of the passport, at the registration desk from 9:00 on Tuesday, 26 June at the World Forum. Badges must be worn visibly at all times while on the Conference premises.

NGO representatives are requested to take the seats located on the sides of the plenary hall. The central seats are reserved for official delegations.


Those unable to attend may follow the public sessions of the Conference on 26 June via live webcast on

NGO Statements

The Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition coordinates NGOs statements to be made during the Special Session.

NGOs interested in making a statement should send an advance electronic copy or a synopsis of the proposed statement for review to Dr Paul Walker, Coordinator of the CWC Coalition, at pwalker [at] no later than Friday, 22 June, 12:00 CET.

30 minutes is apportioned to this session, which necessarily limits the number of slots available for statements. Each statement should be no longer than five minutes.