Invitation to Apply for Two Chemical Engineering Internships for African Countries to be Held at the Beijing University, China

01 September 2015 — 29 February 2016 | Beijing, China

Under the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Africa Programme”), the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite Afri...

Call for Nominations for the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities

27 November 2015 — 29 November 2015 | The Hague, Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat wishes to invite National Authorities to submit nominations for the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities, which will be held at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague from 27 to 29 November 2015, prior to the Twent...

Invitation to Apply for a Fellowship in Organic Chemistry Skills Development To Be Held in 2016 at the Spiez Laboratory

01 January 2016 — 31 March 2016 | Switzerland

The Technical 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 development at the Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland in 20...

Seminar on the CWC and Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the Asia Region

23 February 2016 — 25 February 2016 | 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 the First Official OPCW Biomedical Proficiency Test

26 February 2016 | The Netherlands

Following the decision by the Executive Council (EC-80/DEC.4, dated 8 October 2015) regarding the designation of laboratories for the analysis of authentic biomedical samples and the guidelines for the conduct of biomedical proficiency tests, the Tec...

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

07 March 2016 — 11 March 2016 | Lima, Peru

On behalf of Peru and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties from the Latin American and Caribbean region to nominate representatives to participate in the fourth regional...

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
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