Message to the 15th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Monday, 29 November 2010
It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The world is witnessing new momentum in national and multilateral efforts to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction.  The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and its member States make an important contribution to that quest by ensuring full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  The Convention remains an effective, comprehensive and non-discriminatory legal instrument to verify both the destruction of existing stockpiles of chemical weapons and the prevention of their proliferation.

I welcome the significant progress that has been made, including the destruction of more than 60 per cent of the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons under strict verification.  Three possessor States have completed their destruction obligations, and deserve recognition for their achievement.  The efforts of the remaining possessor States are commendable.  The challenge now is to summon the political will and resources -- human and financial -- to fulfil all destruction obligations by April 2012.

The systematic verification of the global chemical industry is also effectively serving the non-proliferation goals of the Convention.  Every year, the OPCW inspects more than two hundred industrial facilities.  These inspections are unique to the CWC and are a credit to the global chemical industry’s support for the Convention.

With 188 States Parties encompassing 98 percent of the global population, the Convention is approaching universal membership, thereby moving ever closer to eliminating the possibility that chemical weapons will be used.  However, it is crucial for the remaining seven States that are not Party to the Convention to join without delay.  Their accession would build confidence in their respective regions and strengthen international peace and security in general.

The spirit of cooperation and consensus that characterizes the work of the OPCW shows how diverse national interests can be reconciled in the pursuit of a worthy common end.  Your work is establishing a strong foundation for ensuring that chemistry is used exclusively for the benefit of humankind.  The United Nations looks forward to our continued work together to promote the Convention’s universality and full implementation.  In that spirit of partnership, I wish you all a productive session.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations


Categories: C-15, OPCW and the UN

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

OPCW Director-General Welcomes UN Security Council Resolution and OPCW Executive Council Decision; Pledges to Facilitate Verifiable Destruction of Libya’s Remaining Chemical Weapons

On 20 July, the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adopted a decision calling for necessary international assistance in response to the Libyan Government of National Accord’s...22 July 2016Full story

To Prevent Destruction of Humankind, Science and Diplomacy Must Work Together, Says OPCW Director-General

“At every stage along the long road to ridding the world of chemical weapons, scientists have been an indispensable partner of the OPCW”, said Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of...22 July 2016Full story

Scientists Are at the Frontline of Peace, Says OPCW Verification Director

“Under OPCW auspices, scientists are taking the lead in promoting science working in the service of peace and security,” said Mr Philippe Denier, Director of Verification Division of the Organisation for the Prohibition of...19 July 2016Full story

Police First Responders from Asia Get Ready to Confront Chemical Terrorism Emergencies

Use of protective equipment and operational procedures dealing with chemical terrorism incidents was at the core of an advanced training course for police first responders from Asia, held by the Organisation for the Prohibition...12 July 2016Full story

H.E. Mr Roberto Ochoa Madrid (Honduras)

H.E. Mr Roberto Ochoa Madrid, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Honduras to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 7 July 2016.07 July 2016Full story

H.E. Mrs Pema Choden (Bhutan)

H.E. Mrs Pema Choden, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 6 July 2016.06 July 2016Full story

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Visits OPCW

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, at OPCW Headquarters in The...05 July 2016Full story

National Authorities and Educators from Africa Partner to Improve Implementation of the Convention

Universities across Africa should incorporate more information about the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) into their curricula, concluded representatives of National Authorities and educators during a meeting in Johannesburg,...04 July 2016Full story

The State Secretary for Foreign Policy of Denmark Visits OPCW

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met today with the State Secretary for Foreign Policy of the Kingdom of Denmark, H.E. Ms Lone Dencker Wisborg, at...28 June 2016Full story

Director-General’s statement on behalf of the OPCW to commemorate the 1987 chemical weapon attack on Sardasht, Iran

Twenty-nine years ago, on 28 June 1987, the peaceful residents of the Iranian township of Sardasht became the victims of a merciless attack involving chemical weapons.  The attack brought death and suffering to countless...28 June 2016Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1657
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>