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Invitation to Submit Proposals for Research Projects in the field of Green Chemistry - DEADLINE EXTENDED: 1 October 2017

11 May 2017 — 01 October 2017 |

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW wishes to invite research institutions from Member States to submit research proposals in the area of green chemistry, focusing specifically on the design and application of greener/sustainable chemical products ...

Call for Nominations for the Forty-Second Official OPCW Proficiency Test

01 August 2017 — 30 September 2017 |

Following the Note by the Director-General announcing the tentative schedule for official OPCW Proficiency Tests in 2017 and 2018 (S/1439/2016, dated 23 November 2016), the Technical Secretariat welcomes nominations for the Forty-Second Official OPCW...

Call for Nominations for a Course on Medical Aspects of Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons, Xi'an, China

18 September 2017 — 22 September 2017 | Xi'an, China

On behalf of the Government of China and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a course on medical aspects of assistance and protection agains...

Nominations for a Training Course for Representatives of National Authorities on Fulfilling Article VI Obligations

18 September 2017 — 22 September 2017 | The Hague, The Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) is pleased to announce that a training course for representatives of National Authorities of States Parties on fulfilling Article VI obligations (declarations and inspections) under the Chemic...

Call for Nominations for an OPCW Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors from Latin America and the Caribbean

25 September 2017 — 04 October 2017 | Madrid, Spain

On behalf of the Government of Spain and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) to nominate representatives to partici...

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 1: Training Workshop in Russian on Best Practices to Develop the Responsible Care® Programme

09 October 2017 — 13 October 2017 | D. Mendeleev University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Purpose of the training The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold a training workshop in Russian on best practices to develop the Responsible Care® programme for the chemical industry,...

Invitation to Submit Nominations for a Seminar on Advanced Chemical Safety and Security Management

18 October 2017 — 19 October 2017 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), together with the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is organising a seminar on Advanced Chemical Safety and Security Manageme...

Invitation to Apply for the Seoul Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry for Member States in the Asia Region

01 November 2017 — 03 November 2017 | Seoul, Republic of Korea

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General is pleased to invite government representatives responsible for chemical safety and security management, re...

Regional Table Top Exercise in Chemical Emergency Response for States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean

06 November 2017 — 10 November 2017 | Mexico City, Mexico

On behalf of the Government of Mexico and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States from the GRULAC1 region to nominate representatives to participate in a regional table-top ...

Call for Nominations for a Workshop on Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Context of the Chemical Weapons Convention

16 November 2017 — 17 November 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director‑General is pleased to invite Member States to submit nominations for a workshop on green and sustainable chemistry, to be held at OPCW Headquarters in The Hagu...

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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