Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

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1997-04-29 The Hague Netherlands


On entry into force of the T-XT9299 - Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC). The Convention, also referred to as 'Chemical Weapons Convention', was adopted by F-XE6548 - Conference on Disarmament (CD) on 3 Sep 1992, Geneva (Switzerland), after approval by the General Assembly of the A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN); was opened for signature in Jan 1993, Paris (France); and entered into force on 29 Apr 1997. Prior to the Convention coming into force, administration was covered by U-XE1848 - Preparatory Commission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


Oversee implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention; provide a forum for consultation and cooperation among states party to the Convention and for international cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry; provide states party to the Convention with assistance and protection against the use or threat of use of chemical weapons.


2023-11-27 | The Hague, Netherlands – States Parties Conference Session

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Principal organ: K-XK1411 - Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, meeting in annual session, always in The Hague (Netherlands), and in special sessions convened as necessary, comprises representatives of all member states. Executive Council comprises 41 representatives elected from among member states on a rotating basis for 2-year terms. Technical Secretariat in The Hague assists the Conference and the Executive Council, and carries out verification activities provided for in the Convention and other functions entrusted to it under the CWC or delegated to it by the Conference and Executive Council. It consists of 9 Divisions: Administration; External Relations; Inspectorate; Internal Oversight; International Cooperation and Assistance; Legal; Policy Making Organs; Strategy and Policy; Verification. U-XK1513 - OPCW Equipment Store and Laboratory inaugurated, 11 Sep 1996, Rijswijk (Netherlands).


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GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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