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Call for Nominations for the Fifteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Eastern Europe

04 May 2016 — 06 May 2016 | Vilnius, Lithuania

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

Course on the Enhancement of Laboratory Skills in Using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Helsinki Finland 9 - 20 May 2016

09 May 2016 — 20 May 2016 | Helsinki, Finland

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN), the Director-General wishes to invite applications from representatives of laborator...

Invitation to Apply for an Analytical Chemistry Course

16 May 2016 — 27 May 2016 | Pretoria, South Africa

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold an analytical chemistry course in 2016 under the Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa. The course will be supported jointly by the S...

Call for Nominations for a Symposium on Women in Chemistry and Basic Analytical Chemistry Course

17 May 2016 — 20 May 2016 | The Hague and Rijswijk

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will hold a symposium on women in chemistry at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands on 17 May 2016, which will be followed by a basic...

Call for Nominations for the Second Assistance and Protection Course for Instructors

18 May 2016 — 25 May 2016 | Lázně Bohdaneč, the Czech Republic

On behalf of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties to nominate participants for the second assistance and protection course for i...

Course on the Analysis of chemicals related to the CWC for the GRULAC region, Madrid, Spain, 23 May - 3 June 2016

23 May 2016 — 03 June 2016 | Madrid, Spain

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) of the OPCW wishes to invite applications from representatives of laboratories in Member States in the GRULAC1 region to attend a course on the analysis of chemicals related to the Chemical We...

Call for Nominations for the Meeting of National Authorities of SPs in Asia Preceded by a Meeting on Education and Outreach

23 May 2016 — 25 May 2016 | Tehran, Iran

On behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to nominate representatives to attend the Fourteenth Regional ...

Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the CWC and Chemical Safety and Security Management for from Arabic-Speaking Member States

24 May 2016 — 26 May 2016 | Nicosia, Cyprus

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

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course on Assistance and Protection

30 May 2016 — 03 June 2016 | 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 30 ...

Call for Nominations for a Training Course on Conducting Sampling and Analysis in a Highly Contaminated Environment

06 June 2016 — 11 June 2016 | Czestochowa, Poland

On behalf of the Government of Poland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a training course in conducting sampling and analysis in a hig...

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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