Preparatory Commission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Commission préparatoire de l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques
1993-02 The Hague Netherlands
Feb 1993, The Hague (Netherlands), the F-XE6548 - Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva (Switzerland) having adopted, Sep 1992, the text on the T-XT9299 - Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC). After approval by the General Assembly of the A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), the Convention was opened for signature on 13 Jan 1993, at a signing ceremony in Paris (France). The Convention entered into force on 29 Apr 1997, 180 days after the date of deposit of the 65th instrument of ratification. On coming into force of the Convention, the Preparatory Commission then ceased to exist and B-XB0057 - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was established in The Hague, to ensure implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention, including those for international verification of compliance.
Prepare detailed operational procedures and put into place the necessary infrastructure for the permanent agency - the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW), to implement the CWC.
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Plenary Session (approximately every 3 months for about a week). Working Groups meet currently with the Plenary. Expert Groups meet between sessions. Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Preparatory Commission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (PTS), set up at the same time as the Commission, comprises 5 Divisions: Verification; Legal; Administration; External Relations; Technical Cooperation and Assistance. K-XK1411 - Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the principal organ of OPCW.
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