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Call for Nominations for a Course on Analytical Skills Development at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

22 August 2016 — 02 September 2016 | UMEÅ, Sweden

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that in 2016 it will hold an analytical skills development course (ASDC) at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Umeå, Sweden from 22 August to 2 Se...

Call for Nominations for the Fifth OPCW Assistance-And-Protection Training Course for Instructors

31 August 2016 — 07 September 2016 | 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 fifth OPCW training course for instructors in assistance and protection, which w...

Course on the Enhancement of Laboratory Skills in Laboratory Quality Management

05 September 2016 — 16 September 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...

Call for Nominations for a Seminar on the CWC and Chemical Safety and Security Management for African Member States

05 September 2016 — 07 September 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya

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

Regional Training Course for Customs Authorities of the States Parties in Eastern Europe

27 September 2016 — 30 September 2016 | Krakow, Poland

On behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Poland, the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities from States Parties in Eastern Europe to nominate participants for a regional traini...

Call for Nominations for a Regional Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy For Scientists – deadline extended to 10 September 2016

18 October 2016 — 20 October 2016 | Pretoria, South Africa

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States that it will organise, in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), a workshop on “Policy and Diplomac...

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

02 November 2016 — 04 November 2016 | 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 governmental representatives responsible for chemical safety and security management, ...

Call for Nominations for a Course on Analytical Skills Development at the Defence Science Technology Group

21 November 2016 — 02 December 2016 | Melbourne, Australia

The OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to inform Member States in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (SAARC) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (ASEAN) regions that it will hold an analytical...

Call for Nominations for the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities The Hague, the Netherlands 23-25 November 2016

23 November 2016 — 25 November 2016 | The Hague, The Netherlands

The Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) wishes to invite National Authorities to submit nominations for the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of National Authorities, which will be held at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague from 23 to 25 No...



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