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Call for Nominations for the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities, The Hague, the Netherlands 22 - 24 November 2017

22 November 2017 — 24 November 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to invite National Authorities to submit nominations for the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities, which will be held at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague from 22 to 24 No...

Call for Nominations for a Regional Workshop on Chemistry for Safety, Security and Environmental Protection

11 December 2017 — 12 December 2017 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director General is pleased to invite Member States from the GRULAC  region to submit nominations for a regional workshop on chemistry for safety, security and env...

Call for Nominations for a Seminar on Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety and Security Management for Asian States

26 February 2018 — 28 February 2018 | Doha, Qatar

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Qatar, the Director-General is pleased to invite National Authorities and/or governmental representatives responsible for chemical safety and chemical ...

Invitation to Apply for an Analytical Chemistry Course Under the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Ch

07 March 2018 — 18 May 2018 | Protechnik Laboratories, South Africa

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold an analytical chemistry course in 2018 under the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Conve...

Call for Nominations for the Seventh Regional Basic Training Course on Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents for Asian States

09 April 2018 — 13 April 2018 | Kathmandu, Nepal

On behalf of the Government of Nepal and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties in Asia to nominate representatives to participate in the seventh regional basic training c...

Invitation to Apply to the Associate Programme 2018

03 August 2018 — 05 August 2018 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States of its intention to hold the OPCW Associate Programme 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands, and elsewhere from 3 August to 5 October 2018. The Programme aims to fo...

Invitation to Apply for Two Parallel Courses in 2018

24 September 2018 — 28 September 2018 | Wuppertal, Germany

The Federal Government of Germany, the University of Wuppertal and the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wish to inform Member States about two parallel courses on...



The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will host an OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety and Security on 12 and 13 September 2011 in the context of the International Year of Chemistry. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed (resolution 63/209) the year 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. 

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) represents the singular legal instrument comprehensively banning chemical weapons and the misuse of chemistry, while ensuring that it is used only for peaceful purposes. CWC has the essential and unique role of ensuring that chemistry is exclusively used in the service of human kind. Bearing this in mind, our Conference is intended to promote the goals of the CWC by highlighting both the achievements of OPCW and the challenges that lie ahead. The Conference will seek to enhance support for the Convention’s objectives, including in the area of international cooperation with major stakeholders (United Nations, State Parties to the Convention, regional and international organisations, the chemistry industry, the IUPAC, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and think tanks). 

Given the comprehensive prohibition of the CWC on chemical weapons, OPCW envisions this conference as a forum for exploring sustainable ways and means of sharing knowledge and best practices to protect chemical plants from potential security threats. 

Some of the themes we expect to cover include:

International cooperation 

Chemical management and international conventions
National implementation: national experiences
Innovations in chemistry and their applications for developing countries
Emerging areas in chemistry
International collaboration for promotion of centres of excellence in the field of chemistry
OPCW and challenges in promoting international cooperation

Chemical safety: 

Chemical safety management
Chemical safety in transportation of chemicals
Green chemistry
Responsible Care-Chemical Safety for Small Enterprises
Safety Management in chemical industry
Lessons in chemical safety-learning from incidents and accidents
Chemical safety management; Emergency Planning and Response

Chemical Security

• OPCW as a global platform of support for cooperation in decreasing the chemical threat and prevention and preparedness against misuse of toxic chemicals
Lessons learned from the national and international agencies
Training
Promoting awareness of chemical security and safety 
Fostering cooperation between chemical professionals

The Conference will be held in The Hague at the OPCW Headquarters on the 12-13 September 2011. We expect Member States, governmental agencies involved in the monitoring and control of toxic chemicals, and members of the chemical industry (including associations, international organisations, NGOs, academia, independent experts, laboratories). 

Inquiries about the Conference should be addressed to the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch at +31 70 416 3023, or +31 70 416 3237; fax +31 70 416 3280 or by e-mail at grb@opcw.org