The 5th international advanced course on assistance and protection against chemical weapons was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from 16 – 20 November.
This course was co-organised by the Pakistan government (Defence Science and Technology Organization) and the OPCW. The training course was attended by 24 participants from 18 States Parties.
The aim of this training programme was 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; as well as in responses to the incidents involving chemical warfare agent and toxic industrial chemicals.
The director Director-General of the OPCW visited the training centre during the course and observed a field exercise. He also attended the inauguration of the regional centre for assistance and protection against chemical weapons, located at the National Centre for Physics in Islamabad.
The participants of the course included the representatives of Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominica, Jordan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam.