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 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

Experts Discuss Role of OPCW in Green and Sustainable Chemistry

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 24 November 2017 — Participants of the Green and Sustainable Chemistry workshop, hosted by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague from 16-17 November, developed...24 November 2017Full story

H.E. Ms Sophia Horner-Sam (Ghana)

H.E. Ms Sophia Horner-Sam, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ghana to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 24 November, 2017.24 November 2017Full story

OPCW Training Enhances States Parties’ Chemical Response and Protection Capabilities

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 24 November 2017 – The emergency response and protection capabilities of nine States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) received a substantial boost as a new cluster of first responders...24 November 2017Full story

OPCW Partners Discuss Approaches towards Effective CWC Implementation in Africa

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 22 November – Representatives of partner organisations of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) discussed the coordination of...22 November 2017Full story

H.E Dr Mohammad Homayoon Azizi ( Islamic Republic of Afghanistan)

H.E. Dr Mohammad Homayoon Azizi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 22 November, 2017.22 November 2017Full story

Legal Drafters and National Authority Representatives Improve Legislation Drafting Skills for Implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 21 November 2017 — Representatives from Sierra Leone and Suriname acquired new skills on drafting national legislation for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), during the 18th...21 November 2017Full story

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

Displaying 11 to 20 of 1856