Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Conférence des états parties de l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques
Conferencia de los Estados Partes de la Organización para la Prohibición de las Armas Quimicas
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1997-05-06 The Hague Netherlands
6 May 1997, The Hague (Netherlands), at first session, as principal organ of B-XB0057 - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), following the coming into force of T-XT9299 - Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC), 29 Apr 1997. Planning organization: U-XE1848 - Preparatory Commission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Implement the provisions of the 'Chemical Weapons Convention' in order to achieve OPCW's vision of a world both free of chemical weapons and in which cooperation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered; contribute to international security and stability, to general and complete disarmament and to global and economic development.
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The Conference is the principal organ of OPCW and makes major decisions about the Convention, normally meeting in annual session in The Hague (Netherlands) unless decided otherwise, and is composed of all member countries of the OPCW, including the Chairman and 5 regional Vice Presidents (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Western Europe and other states), each with one vote. Certain categories of Observers may also attend sessions, including signatory states, non-signatory states, the Secretary-General of the United Nations or his/her representative, representatives of the specialized agencies and of other international organizations, and, upon invitation, representatives of non-governmental organizations. Committees (2): Committee of the Whole; Credentials.
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