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Invitation to Apply for a Fellowship in Organic Chemistry Skills Development in 2019

14 June 2018 — 31 December 2018 | the Spiez Laboratory, Switzerland

Purpose of the fellowshipThe Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a fellowship in organic chemistry skills...

Call for Nominations for the Sixteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Asia

19 June 2018 — 21 June 2018 | Thimphu, Bhutan

On behalf of the Government of Bhutan and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to nominate representatives to attend the Sixteenth Regional Meeting of National Aut...

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course on Assistance and Protection

25 June 2018 — 29 June 2018 | Ankara, Turkey

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite States Parties to nominate representatives to participate in a basic training course on assistance and protection, which will take place from 25 ...

Call for Nominations for a Symposium on Women in Chemistry

25 June 2018 — 26 June 2018 | Ottawa, Canada

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Canada, the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold a symposium on women in chemistry in...

Calls for Nomination for a Basic Analytical Chemistry Course for Women Chemists

26 June 2018 — 28 June 2018 | Rijswijk, Netherlands

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold a basic analytical chemistry course for women chemists at the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, from 26 to 28 June 2018. The...

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course on Assistance and Protection

02 July 2018 — 06 July 2018 | Spiez, Switzerland

On behalf of the Government of Switzerland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties to nominate participants for a basic training course on protection against chemical w...

Call for Nominations for a Workshop on needs assessment and best practices in Chemical Safety and Security Management

03 July 2018 — 05 July 2018 | Santiago, Chile

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Chile, the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to invite States Parties in the Latin American and Caribbean region to submit n...

Course for Member States in the Latin America and Caribbean Region on Chemical Safety and Security Management in Laboratories

16 July 2018 — 20 July 2018 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite applications from representatives of chemistry laboratories in Member States in the Latin America and the Ca...

Call for Nominations for a Training Course on Chemical Emergency Response for Police Officers From States Parties in GRULAC

23 July 2018 — 27 July 2018 | Bogotá, Colombia

On behalf of Colombia and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties from the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) region to nominate qualifying representatives to participate...

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...

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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