International cooperation and assistance, through capacity building, to ensure full implementation of the Convention.
The OPCW is dedicated to supporting States Parties in their efforts to fully and effectively implement the Convention. Capacity building programmes have been formulated specifically to facilitate national implementation (Article VII), provide assistance and protection against chemical weapons (Article X), and promote international cooperation in the field of peaceful chemical activities, aimed at enhancing economic and technological development (Article XI).
National Implementation Programmes
Annual forum in The Hague for National Authority senior representatives and the OPCW that facilitates interactions and cooperation.
Annual regional meetings in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean designed to bring together National Authority representatives in support of CWC implementation and sub-regional cooperation.
Course for training trainers to teach customs officials about the CWC transfers regime.
Held at OPCW Headquarters for National Authority personnel to impart basic knowledge related to all aspects of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Course to assist National Authority personnel and other national stakeholders with preparing declarations and receiving/escorting OPCW inspections (per Article VI).
Forum for representatives of National Authorities and chemical industry to discuss issues related to fulfilling Convention obligations.
Outreach effort targeted at States Parties that have draft implementing legislation, but need political momentum to advance its passage.
Exchange of visits between two paired National Authorities that provides technical support and assistance to enhance national implementation efforts.
Tailored assistance for States Parties regarding the drafting of national implementing legislation.
Awareness-raising forum for parliamentarians and other government officials that have yet to pass comprehensive national implementing legislation.
Assistance and Protection Programmes
Training programme creating sustainable capacity for first responders in one calendar year.
Exercises to strengthen States Parties’ ability to ensure and effective response and to provide assistance in case of incidents involving toxic chemicals.
Opportunity for participants to practice previously acquired knowledge, strengthen abilities, and prepare them to instruct others.
Advanced training to selected graduates of the Advanced Training Programme to increase the sustainability of OPCW capacity building efforts.
Exchange of knowledge and best practices among States Parties and instructors regarding responses to incidents.
Workshops focused on Article X obligations that provide a platform for discussion and analysis.
International Cooperation Programmes
Promoting Peaceful and Secure Uses of Chemistry
Integrated Chemicals Management
Major international training project conducted over 9-10 weeks in Asia, Europe, and Latin America to foster the economic and technological development of OPCW Member States.
Series of seminars for officials and chemical industry representatives focused on chemical industry outreach and industry-related aspects of Convention implementation.
Platform for OPCW Member States representatives to share needs, experiences, lessons learned and best practices related to chemical safety and security management.
Workshops to promote awareness for and implementation of the Responsible Care ® Programme within chemical industry.
For senior experts from OPCW Member States to build knowledge, capacity, and leadership skills in integrated chemicals management, including in the areas of chemical safety, security and sustainability.
Enhancing Laboratory Capabilities
Tailored courses offered in cooperation with specialised institutions worldwide and focused on the use of various analytical chemistry methods.
Initiative to support analytic chemistry laboratories from OPCW Member States that seek to perform successfully on the OPCW Proficiency Tests.
Facilitation of transfers of used, but still functional, equipment from institutions in one OPCW Member State to another.
Course to acquire further experience and practical knowledge in the analysis of chemicals related to the Convention for qualified chemists employed in labs that provide customs services and from developing or transitioning economies.
Improving technical competence and providing support for laboratories engaged in chemical analysis.
Course to enhance the knowledge and skills of women analytical chemists.
Course for enhancing the practical knowledge and skills of laboratory personnel interested in taking the OPCW’s Proficiency Tests.
Chemical Knowledge Promotion and Exchange
Funding for a limited number of problem-oriented and scientifically valid projects from individual research groups or institutions based in Member States with developing or transitioning economies
Fellowships for young scientists and engineers from Member States with developing or transitioning economies to work in advanced laboratories or facilities in another Member State to enhance skills and transfer knowledge.
Financial support for scientific conferences in the field of chemistry and sponsorship of participants for conferences, workshops, and seminars on special topics relevant to the Convention.
Tailored programme to promote the role of female chemistry professionals in the promotion of the peaceful uses of chemistry.
Interactive forum for scientists to discuss the intersection of science, policy, and politics related to disarmament, security, environmental safeguards, and sustainability topics.
Forum for officials and the Secretariat to discuss cutting-edge issues concerning peaceful chemistry, share chemical management lessons learned and best practices, and raise awareness about integrated chemicals management for chemical trade as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Workshop for representatives of OPCW Member States to share needs, experiences, lessons learned and best practices related to the implementation of Article XI.
High-level bilateral visits and activities to increase awareness of the Convention in Africa.