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Call for Nominations for the Fifth Regional Training Course on Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents for States Parties

06 February 2017 — 10 February 2017 | Colombo, Sri Lanka

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka 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 fifth regional basic training...

Invitation to Apply for an Internship for Legal Drafters and National Authority Representatives of States Parties to the Chemica

20 February 2017 — 24 February 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is organising a series of internships for legal drafters and National Authority representatives in 2017, to be held at OPCW H...

Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the CWC and Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States in the Asia Region

21 February 2017 — 23 February 2017 | Doha Regional Centre for CBRN Training 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 ...

Call for Nominations for a Course for Member States in the Africa Region on Analytical Skills Development at VERIFIN

20 March 2017 — 31 March 2017 | Helsinki, Finland

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States of the Africa Region that in 2017 it will hold an analytical skills development course (ASDC) at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weap...

Call for Nominations for an Assistance and Protection Course for Experts, Zemianske Kostol'any, Slovakia

27 March 2017 — 06 April 2017 | Zemianske Kostol'any, Slovakia

Deadline for applications: 3 February 2017 On behalf of the Government of Slovakia and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for an assistan...

Call for Nominations for a Training Course on Chemical Emergency Response for Police First Responders

03 April 2017 — 07 April 2017 | Bogotá, Colombia

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

Invitation to Apply for Two Annual Courses on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in The Chemical Process Industries

03 April 2017 — 07 April 2017 | Wuppertal, Germany

The Government of Germany and the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wish to inform Member States about two courses on promoting chemical safety management for:(a) ...

Call for Nominations for a Course on Response to Incidents Involving Chemical Warfare Agents and with Toxic Industrial Chemicals

08 May 2017 — 12 May 2017 | Montevideo, Uruguay

On behalf of the Government of Uruguay 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 the fifth regional t...

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

08 May 2017 — 19 May 2017 | Pretoria, 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 2017 under the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Conve...

Call for Nominations for Two Courses on the Enhancement of Laboratory Skills

08 May 2017 — 19 May 2017 | the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN), Helsinki, Finland

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that in 2017 it will hold two courses on the enhancement of laboratory skills at the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (...



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