An advanced course on assistance and protection against chemical weapons for States Parties in the region known as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and others, was held in Islamabad from 27 to 31 October 2014 with 22 participants from 11 States Parties.*
The course was jointly organised by the OPCW and the Pakistan Government’s Chem-Bio Defence Cell of the Defence Science & Technology Organization (DESTO) under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It was the second of a series of three courses for SAARC countries using the OPCW’s new approach of conducting complete training cycle programmes in a given calendar year.
This advanced training course was designed to build capacity in assistance and protection against chemical weapons. It offered advanced training in: the use of protective equipment; monitoring, detection and decontamination operations in contaminated areas; and appropriate responses to the incidents involving chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.
* Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Pakistan, Philippines