OPCW

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

President: María Fernanda Anaya López

Chair:

Topic A) Measures to eliminate and prevent the spread of Novichok agents in the European Union

Topic B) Strategies to develop arrangements for the fulfillment of the Chemical Weapons Convention in countries with recent breaches with emphasis in the Syrian Arab Republic

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COMITÉ

Committee's outline and faculties

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) emerged in 1997 as the result of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the first agreement which contemplates the elimination of a whole armament category which was chemical weapons. Founded as an independent and autonomous international organization, regarding all the negotiations established in the Conference on Disarmament and Preparatory Commission. It cooperates actively with the United Nations seeking for a world free of chemical weapons used for warfare. The OPCW counts with 193 active Member States who work together in order to keep the chemical research for progress, prosperity, and peace. Its headquarters are located in The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands. In order to function, it follows the 24 Articles established in the CWC. The ones that intend to eradicate chemical weapons; protect and assist chemical threats; encourage international cooperation for a peaceful approach of chemistry; call for international security; and global economic development.

Faculties:

As the OPCW intends to eliminate the chemical weapons, but also promotes chemical research for economic development, progress and prosperity, it has some special capabilities
that focus on:

  • Making recommendations regarding the Convention;

  • Conduct verification labors in time and effectively considering chemical weaponry;

  • Request precise information in order to fulfill the given responsibility;

  • Protect the confidentiality of civil and military data;

  • Attention for victims;

  • Trained personnel to manage the situation regarding the management of dangerous material;

  • Pursue the outright performance of the Convention.

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