UN Secretary-General, OPCW Director-General Urge States not Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention to Join without Delay

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and the OPCW Director-General, Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü at the high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York in October, 2012.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and the OPCW Director-General, Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü, have addressed a joint communication to the heads of State or Government of each of the eight States that are not Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The letters underscore the importance of achieving the universality of the Convention as a condition necessary to attain a world free from chemical weapons. These States have, therefore, been strongly urged to join the Convention “without delay.”

The Convention currently has 188 States Party representing more than 98 per cent of the world’s population and chemical industry, leaving only Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria as the States that remain outside the treaty.

The letter states that “the continuing growth in the membership of the (OPCW)… is evidence that the prohibition against the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons constitutes a universal norm.” The letter further calls for the respective governments to undertake a commitment to the legally-binding prohibition against chemical weapons in order to consolidate these norms and to ensure that such weapons are never used again.

Achieving universality of the Convention is a priority goal of the both the OPCW and the United Nations. This was stressed at a high-level meeting held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 1 October to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention. Speaking on the occasion, the UN Secretary-General highlighted the importance of universality of the Convention and said that the use of chemical weapons by any country would be “an outrageous crime with dire consequences.”


Categories: OPCW and the UN

For further information, please contact Mr Malik Ellahi, Acting Head, OPCW Media & Public Affairs. Tel: + 31 (0) 70 416 3836 or +31 (0)(0) 6 5391 3508 or media@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands 

More news

Fourth Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors held in The Hague

The Fourth edition of OPCW’s flagship programme in assistance and protection took place from 26 August to 1 September 2015. Twenty three instructors from 22 States Parties* from all geographical regions received training as...04 September 2015Full story

H.E. Ms Ilze Rūse (Latvia)

H.E. Ms Ilze Rūse of the Republic of Latvia presented her credentials to the Director-General on 1 September 2015. 01 September 2015Full story

photo of chemical plant

OPCW reaches three thousand industry inspections milestone

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today completed four chemical industry inspections in different geographic regions of the world, bringing the total number of such inspections to three...21 August 2015Full story

photo of DG H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü

Director General concerned over alleged chemical weapons use in Iraq

Recent reports of possible use of chemical weapons in Iraq by non-State actors are a matter of serious concern. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is in contact with the government of Iraq and will...17 August 2015Full story

photo of Participants at an advanced course on chemical emergency response in Costa Rica.

Second Advanced Regional Assistance and Protection Course on Chemical Emergency Response for GRULAC States Parties held in Costa Rica

The Second Advanced Regional Assistance-and-Protection Course on Chemical Emergency Response for States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean was  held from 3 to 7 August in San José, Costa Rica. The course was...17 August 2015Full story

photo of Myanmar flag

Myanmar joins the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Myanmar today became the 191st State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), as the Convention entered into force for the country. “Myanmar’s accession brings the CWC closer to universal adherence and to achieving a...07 August 2015Full story

photo of Participants at the Emergency Response Exercise on Assistance and Protection

Emergency Response Exercise on Assistance and Protection held in Kazakhstan

Emergency Response Exercise on Assistance and Protection, held from 15 to 17 July 2015 was jointly organised by the Technical Secretariat and the Government of Kazakhstan. The training was the third and closing stage of...07 August 2015Full story

photo of H.E. Mr Christian Lepage (Belgium)

H.E. Mr Christian Lepage (Belgium)

H.E. Mr Christian Lepage of Belgium presented his credentials to the Director-General on 31 July 2015.06 August 2015Full story

The 16th Annual Associate Programme Begins

The OPCW officially commenced the 16th edition of its annual Associate Programme on 24 July at the organisation’s headquarters in The Hague. Launched by the OPCW in 2000, the programme trains chemists and chemical engineers in...27 July 2015Full story

Director-General receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey

The Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Surrey in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to global disarmament”.  The occasion was...16 July 2015Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1546
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

Are you subscribed already and wish to unsubscribe or update your profile?