Recipients of the Second Annual "OPCW-The Hague Award" Announced

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Dr Alastair Hay (left) and Dr Mahdi Balali-Mood, recipients of the second annual OPCW-The Hague Award

The Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü, takes pleasure in announcing the decision of the OPCW-The Hague Award Committee1 to honour Dr Alastair Hay of the United Kingdom and Dr Mahdi Balali-Mood of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the joint recipients of the second annual OPCW-The Hague Award.

The Award, created by the OPCW as an outcome of its winning of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize and supported by a generous financial contribution from the City of The Hague, is intended to honour and recognise individuals and non-profit, non-governmental organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to achieving a world free of chemical weapons.

Dr Hay, a British national, is an eminent scientist whose extensive knowledge on the toxic properties of chemical warfare agents has made him a leading expert in the field.  Throughout his career, he has tirelessly supported and promoted the objectives of the OPCW by promoting ethical uses of chemistry and biology, including the development of international codes of practice.

Dr Balali-Mood, an Iranian national, is an expert toxicologist who has dedicated his career to the treatment of victims of chemical warfare agents.  He has been a ceaseless educator on the medical aspects of chemical weapons, working closely with the WHO and OPCW to advocate for victims and to develop international guidelines for response to the use of chemical warfare agents.

The nominations for the second annual Awards represented a strong cross section of nominees and as such it was the decision of the Committee that the Award be shared between the two worthy recipients.

The 2015 Award winners will be honoured at a presentation ceremony to be held at the Headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, The Netherlands on 30 November 2015. The 2015 winners will be presented a medal, a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of €45,000.00 each.

The inaugural OPCW-The Hague Award, presented in December 2014, honoured Dr Robert Matthews of Australia and the Finnish Institute for the Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) for their significant contributions to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

1OPCW-The Hague Award Committee consists of the following:
1.    H.E. Ambassador Francesco Azzarello, Chairperson of the OPCW Executive Council
2.    Mr. Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague
3.    H.E. Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director General OPCW
4.    Mr. Mark C. Cesa, President of IUPAC
5.    Mr. Cal Dooley, ICCA


Categories: Nobel

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

States Parties in Asia Discuss Roadmaps towards Adoption of CWC Implementing Legislation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 17 November 2017 — States Parties from Asia gathered to carve a path towards the adoption of national legislation regarding chemical weapons during the forum held in The Hague from 13 to 15...17 November 2017Full story

OPCW Holds Conference on Evolution and Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 16 November 2017 — More than 100 participants gathered for a conference on, “The Chemical Weapons Convention in 2017: What are the Boundaries to its Future Evolution?”, held at the Organisation for the...16 November 2017Full story

H.E. Mr Agustín Vásquez Gómez (El Salvador)

H.E. Mr Agustín Vásquez Gómez, Permanent Representative of the Republic of El Salvador to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 14 November, 2017.14 November 2017Full story

OPCW Director-General Honours WWI Chemical Weapons Victims in Ieper, Belgium

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 13 November 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, called for honouring the memory of those who perished at battlefields...13 November 2017Full story

Winners of 2017 OPCW–The Hague Award Announced

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 13 November 2017 — The Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü, is pleased to announce the decision of the OPCW-The Hague Award Committee to...13 November 2017Full story

Asian Chemists, Engineers and Industry Professionals Boost Skills on Safety and Security Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 13 November 2017 — Advancement of key chemical safety and security risk management were at the core of the Sixth Workshop on Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry, carried out by the Organisation for...13 November 2017Full story

OPCW Deputy Director-General Briefs Permanent Representatives Based Outside of The Hague

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 10 November 2017 — The Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons organised a briefing for non-residential Permanent Representatives to the OPCW on Friday 10...10 November 2017Full story

OPCW Deputy Director-General Visits Mexico

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 8 November 2017 — The Deputy Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Mr Hamid Ali Rao, underlined the need for robust preparedness against chemical emergencies...08 November 2017Full story

Poland’s Foreign Minister Visits OPCW

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 31 October 2017 — The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Witold Waszczykowski, met with the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...31 October 2017Full story

OPCW Director-General Addresses International Council of Chemical Associations during Visit to Vienna

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 27 October 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, spoke about the outlook for OPCW’s cooperation with industry at the...30 October 2017Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1840
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>