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

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

Delegation from Iraq Visits OPCW to Address Chemical Terrorism

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 26 October 2017 —The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, received a delegation from Iraq on 16 October.  The delegation was...30 October 2017Full story

Brazil’s Undersecretary-General for Multilateral Political Affairs Visits OPCW

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 26 October 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met today with the Undersecretary-General for Multilateral Political...26 October 2017Full story

Influential Visitors Programme Delegation from Nigeria Visits the OPCW

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 26 October 2017 — A delegation from Nigeria led by Senator Robert Borofice, a member of the Senate of the Federal Government of Nigeria, gained a deeper understanding of the work of the Organisation for...26 October 2017Full story

H.E. Mrs Gladys Marithsa Ruiz Sanchez de Vielman (Guatemala)

H.E. Mrs Gladys Marithsa Ruiz Sanchez de Vielman, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guatemala to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 26 October, 2017.26 October 2017Full story

Displaying 61 to 70 of 1892