Foreign Minister of Spain Visits OPCW

Monday, 30 January 2017

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü (right) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr Alfonso Dastis Quecedo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 30 January 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, reaffirmed their commitment to achieving full and lasting chemical disarmament, in a meeting at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague today.

The Director-General and Foreign Minster discussed their on-going efforts to advance the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Special emphasis was placed upon the need for a concerted effort to counter non-state actors’ use of chemical weapons.

The Director-General also used this opportunity to express again his gratitude to Spain for their voluntary contributions towards a variety of international cooperation and scientific initiatives, as well as their support for the removal and destruction of the remnants of Libya’s chemical weapon programme outside its territory.

“I thank Spain for its steadfast contributions toward achieving a world free of chemical weapons. We reaffirmed today our shared commitment to face together future challenges to achieving this goal,” stated Ambassador Üzümcü.

Background

Spain joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997 and is currently a member of the OPCW Executive Council.

Between 2007 and 2016 Spain has actively engaged in and contributed approximately 250,000 EUR towards OPCW projects in the areas of capacity-building, assistance and protection, national implementation, and scientific development.

As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW oversees the global endeavour to permanently eliminate chemical weapons. Since the Convention’s entry into force in 1997 – with its 192 States Parties – it is the most successful disarmament treaty eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction.

To date, nearly 94 per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor States have been destroyed under OPCW verification. For its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons, the OPCW received the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace.

More Information

OPCW Fact Sheets

Media Inquiries

OPCW Public Affairs
Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR
The Hague, The Netherlands
+ 31 70 416 32 42
public.affairs@opcw.org
www.opcw.org

Follow OPCW on:


Categories: Parliamentarians, Western Europe and Other States

For further information, please contact OPCW Public Affairs. +31 (0) 70 416 3242, public.affairs@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

Follow OPCW on Facebook and Twitter.

More news

H.E. Mr Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani (Qatar)

H.E. Mr Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 20 July 2017.20 July 2017Full story

Laboratories in Latin America and Spain Increase Analytical Capacity of Substances Relevant to Chemical Weapons Convention

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 13 July 2017 — Analytical chemists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain advanced their skills in the analysis of chemicals controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), at a course...13 July 2017Full story

First Responders from Asia Acquire Keystone Skills in Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 10 July 2017 — First responders from Asian countries acquired fundamental knowledge on emergency assistance and protection against chemical weapons at an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical...10 July 2017Full story

Medical Professionals Acquire Skills in Assistance for Victims of Chemical Emergencies

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 7 July 2017 – Medical first responders from around the world are better equipped to successfully handle emergency medical assistance for victims of chemical incidents and attacks after a training held in...07 July 2017Full story

Scientists Review Innovative Technologies for Chemical Security

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 7 July 2017 — The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) discussed the potential uses innovative scientific and technological tools in the...07 July 2017Full story

H.E. Mr Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd (Mauritania)

H.E. Mr Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 6 July 2017.06 July 2017Full story

Customs and National Authorities Team Up to Bolster Training in Chemical Weapons Convention Transfer Regime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 6 July – 2017 Representatives of customs services and National Authorities from the Member States of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) considered improvements to national...06 July 2017Full story

OPCW Director-General Pays Homage to Victims of Chemical Weapons and Calls for Protecting Global Norm Against Chemical Weapons during Visit to Iran

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 July 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü reinforced the need to take every necessary action to protect and strengthen...04 July 2017Full story

OPCW Director-General Calls for Strong Ethics in the Pursuit of Science at Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 July 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü reflected on the ethical dimension of chemistry during the Lindau Nobel...04 July 2017Full story

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Use of Chemical Weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 30 June 2017 — In a report released by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) confirmed that people were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon,...30 June 2017Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1784
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>