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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 Fifth Training in Conducting Sampling and Analysis in a Highly Contaminated Environment

29 May 2017 — 02 June 2017 | Czestochowa, Poland

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017On 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...

Course on the Analysis of Chemicals Related to the CWC in the Framework of OPCW Proficiency Testing

05 June 2017 — 16 June 2017 | Madrid, Spain

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to invite applications from representatives of laboratories in Member States in the Latin American and the Caribbean region (GRULAC) to attend a course on the analysis of ch...

Call for Nominations for the Eighteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in the GRULAC region

13 June 2017 — 15 June 2017 | Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

Call for Nominations: International Course on Emergency Medical Assistance for the Victims of Chemical Incidents or Attacks

20 June 2017 — 23 June 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 Member States to nominate participants for a course on emergency medical assistance for the victims of che...

Call for Nominations for a Training-of-Trainers Course on Technical Aspects of the Transfers Regime of the CWC

20 June 2017 — 23 June 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities from Member States to nominate participants for a training-of-trainers course for representatives of customs trai...

Call for Nominations for the Seventeenth Annual Workshop to Coordinate Assistance and Protection Under Article X

28 June 2017 — 30 June 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite States Parties to nominate representatives to participate in the “Seventeenth Annual Workshop to Coordinate Assistance and Protection under Artic...

Call for Nominations for a Basic Course on Assistance and Protection, Spiez, Switzerland, 3–7 July 2017

03 July 2017 — 07 July 2017 | 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 training course on protection against chemical weapons...

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

18 July 2017 — 20 July 2017 | Banjul, The Gambia

On behalf of the Government of the Gambia 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 of National...

Call for Nominations for the Sixth OPCW Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors

06 September 2017 — 13 September 2017 | The Hague, the Netherlands

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wishes to invite States Parties to nominate representatives to participate in the sixth OPCW training course for instructors in assistance and protection, which w...

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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