The Chemical Weapons Convention is built on a scientific foundation; it requires scientific and technological expertise to implement. The OPCW has fostered discourse between scientists and the policymakers of the Convention, ensuring scientific literacy for decision makers and allowing the OPCW to keep pace with technological change.
The resources help stakeholders gain a better understanding of scientific aspects of OPCW’s work, promote scientific literacy, and help them recognise where technological changes can benefit and challenge the implementation of the Convention.
Engaging with Diplomats
OPCW actively promotes scientific literacy for policymaking and treaty implementation. This requires productive discourses to take place between scientific experts and diplomats.
OPCW’s Science for Diplomats initiative provides a forum for interactive engagement and supplies reference materials to diplomats involved in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Science for Diplomats Initiative
Science and Technology Reference Materials
Science and Technology directly informs key articles of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Scientific principles define what constitutes a chemical weapon; ensure completeness of declarations; guarantee the application of sampling and analysis and other verification methodologies; guide the processes and methods used for inspections, investigations and destruction; and inform assistance and protection and outreach to scientific communities.
OPCW’s science and technology resources shed light on scientific dimensions of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and includes reference materials and infographic guides.