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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 192 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavour for the permanent and verifiable elimination of Chemical weapons.


The organisation promotes and verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction. Verification consists both of evaluation of declarations by member states and onsite inspections.


The organisation was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons". Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland said, "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law".

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Lavrov's comments came as inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were reportedly still waiting to visit the site of the suspected gas attack in Douma after arriving in Syria nearly a week ago. Russia has denied accusations by the US that it is trying to delay ...
The inspectors were sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. The OPCW is responsible for overseeing the Chemical Weapons Convention — a 1997 treaty banning the production, stockpiling and use of such weapons. Syria signed up to the convention in 2013 after ...

Syria and its ally Russia had invited inspectors with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit the town, but then were accused of blocking them from accessing it for several days. Then Syrian state media claimed on Tuesday that the inspectors had entered the town.
The poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal will be discussed at a meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog later. A report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the toxic substance used in Salisbury confirmed the UK's analysis of the type of nerve agent involved. The UK says Russia was ...
According to a UK research group, Bellingcat, and a German non-profit organisation, Syrian Archive, Belgium is the only EU country to have exported a chemical called isopropanol since July 2013, when a prohibition from the international Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ...
UN comes under fire in Syria amid Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigation ... The inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Syria to investigate an April 7 incident in which Western countries and rescue workers say scores of civilians were ...

In a weekend claim widely picked up on social media, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that a Swiss laboratory used by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had discovered traces in the sample of the nerve agent BZ and its precursors. The nerve agent is possessed by ...
It's a busy week in what has been an eventful couple of months for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog. The executive council of the OPCW is holding a closed-door meeting today at its headquarters in the Hague to discuss the ...
Responding to news that inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have still not been granted access by the Syrian authorities to the site in Douma where 75 people were killed last week following a suspected chemical weapons attack by government forces, ...
The four nations confronted each other in tense emergency talks at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague as inspectors prepare for a difficult and dangerous mission. OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said his team of nine volunteers had reached Damascus ...
UN chemical weapons inspectors have been told that they cannot travel to the town allegedly hit by the Assad regime chlorine strike until tomorrow. Russia, whose troops are in control of the town of Douma, and the regime have so far blocked the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ...
... dismissing as "a blatant lie" accusations that Moscow was hindering the investigation in Douma. The four nations confronted each other in tense emergency talks at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague as inspectors prepare for a difficult and dangerous mission ...
Updated at 3:47 p.m. ET. According to Syrian state media, a team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has entered the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this month. The OPCW would not confirm whether its inspectors had arrived ...
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' team of inspectors arrived in Damascus just hours after the US, UK and France launched strikes against Syrian government sites. The team has been tasked with investigating the site of the alleged April 7 chemical attack in the town of Douma, ...
Chemical weapons inspectors have not yet been allowed access to Syria's Douma, UK officials said as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the "alleged use of chemical weapons" in Syria. "Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma," the British ...
The arrival of the delegation from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) came as the Syrian military announced that it had “purified” the region of eastern Ghouta, of which Douma is a part, after a two-month campaign that killed nearly 2,000 civilians, following years of siege.
Representatives of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have arrived in Damascus, where they will conduct a so-called 'fact-finding mission' into the chemical attack in Douma on April 7. The OPCW will try "to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, ...

The Organisation for the Protection of Chemical Weapons has published analysis supporting the UK in accusing Russia over poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal. The OPCW confirmed UK military scientists who identified the Chemical used as a Novichok nerve agent. They did not explicitly blame Russia ...
Moscow: Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) conducted an inspection at an undisclosed location in Russia in the past week, the Russian Defence Ministry's official newspaper said on Friday. It was not clear if the inspection was linked to the nerve agent ...
Russia's proposal of a joint investigation into the Salisbury nerve-agent attack has been voted down by members of the international chemical weapons watchdog. The Kremlin complained it had been “pushed aside” after the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) rejected Moscow's ...
Russia's foreign intelligence agency chief has said it feels like a return to the Cold War era as frosty relations between Russia and the West continue after accusations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England. "Washington has become fixated with the fight against a ...
... added it believes that respective British authorities, even with the help of specialists from the OPCW (the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), as well as the requested information from the Russian side, will find as soon as possible the perpetrators of the act and the origin of the weapon.
8 March: UK Delegation to the OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] informed the Technical Secretariat that two people had been taken seriously ill. 12 March: Prime Minister publicly identified the substance used as a Novichok nerve agent. Russian Ambassador asked to explain.
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrive to begin work at th Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive to begin work at the scene of the nerve agent attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury, Britain ...
The attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal has sparked an international crisis, with UK allies expelling scores of Russian diplomats in solidarity against the apparent use of chemical weapons on British soil. But behind the scenes, another crisis is unfolding: the first ever test of whether the ...
At the same meeting, both Russia and the United Kingdom said the incident should be investigated by the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the UN-backed body which works to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and eliminate chemical ...
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have begun working at the scene of the nerve agent attack on the Skripals. A team started work on Wednesday at the Mill pub in Salisbury, which the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, visited with his daughter, Yulia, before ...
The UK's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has said London would submit a sample of the Novichok nerve agent used in former Russian spy's poisoning to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a UN body. Speaking to the BBC news on Thursday, Johnson said the rare ...
"(Merkel) said it's up to Russia to quickly provide answers to the British government's justified questions and to heed the call to completely and immediately lay bare the relevant chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said Merkel's spokesman Steffen ...
The director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has called the use of a chemical agent in UK's Salisbury "extremely worrying," calling for accountability for those responsible, UK Permanent Representative to OPCW Peter Wilson said Tuesday. "DG [Director ...
THE HAGUE, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu on Tuesday congratulated Iraq on its complete destruction of its chemical weapons remnants. "I welcome this notable achievement and congratulate the Iraqi ...
The federal government will also express its condemnation at a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague this week. The foreign minister has been receiving security and intelligence briefings since UK prime minister Theresa May confirmed a military-grade ...
Mr Coveney said Ireland "(joins) many states in supporting the UK's efforts to ensure a thorough investigation so that the perpetrators of this crime can be held accountable". "We offer our full support and solidarity to the UK and to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in their ...
Peter Wilson, the UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, told fellow delegates: “I did not expect to have to brief this Council on the first offensive use of a nerve agent of any sort on European territory since World War Two. “The stark conclusion is that it is ...
Novichok agents are believed to be five to 10 times more lethal, although there are no known previous uses. Moscow is not believed to have ever declared Novichok or its ingredients to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversees a treaty banning their ...
A Namibia delegation gained a deeper understanding of activities related to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on a visit to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) headquarters, from April 19-21, 2017. During the visit, the delegation met with ...
'It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions,' Ahmet Uzumcu director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says.
North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used to make chemical weapons, a UN report says. Some 40 previously unreported shipments were made between 2012 and 2017, the report found. Materials included acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes. The leaked report says North ...
Russia may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma, the U.S. envoy to the global watchdog said on Monday, urging the body to condemn the continuing use of banned chemical weapons. The comments came during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation ...
Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have started arriving in Syria to investigate a suspected chemical attack that took place in Douma, the last stronghold of the rebels in eastern Ghouta. The announcement that the OPCW would be investigating the alleged attack ...
Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent thought to have been ordered by Moscow more than a month ago, leaving the pair seriously ill in hospital. The Foreign Office said it had asked the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to ...
She gave Russia 24 hours to agree that it would make a full and complete declaration about the novichok program to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (the inspection agency for the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention). Russia denied responsibility, so London expelled 23 ...
Specialists from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — which administers the CWC — are currently in the UK examining the nerve agent, at the request of the British government. “Russia has no right to have access to the samples,” said Professor Alastair Hay, a chemical ...
"It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," he said. McMaster did not specify which public accounts or pictures he was referring to. Earlier this month, US Defense ...
To put an end to the rumour, a joint system of enquiry was set up by the UNO and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). After having organised, from New York and Vienna, a vast compilation of information, this authority refused to go and check the information on-site, and even ...
We also reported the elimination of more than 253 tons of mustard agent -- 9.68 percent of the stockpile -- to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international group that oversees destruction of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention. PCAPP continues ...
"It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.” The career army officer said Syria was the point at which Washington's three greatest security concerns were present: spread ...
In this seven-year period there have been over a thousand documented uses of chemical weapons, and the UN's inspectors, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), have been called to investigate some attacks. However Russia, Syria's key ally, has vetoed their activities 10 ...
In February 2015, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said 98 percent of chemical weapons declared by Syria had been verified by the OPCW as destroyed and that production sites were being torn down. The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime suggests ...
“The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN (OPCW-UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism concluded that ISIS used sulfur mustard in two attacks in 2015 and 2016, and we assess that it has used chemical weapons in numerous other attacks in Iraq and Syria,” Coats told the U.S. Senate ...


 

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