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Argentina, OPCW Discuss Chemical Weapons Convention

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THE HAGUE, 16 February 2023 (TDI): The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General, Fernando Arias, welcomed the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Argentina Republic, Leopoldo Sahores at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.

In their bilateral discussions, they addressed challenges regarding the Chemical Weapons Convention in today’s complex political and security landscape. Arias emphasized tackling chemical weapons threats to bolster global peace and security.

Shores was briefed by Arias on the impacts of rapid scientific and technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence, on the Convention.

They emphasized the OPCW’s commitment to monitoring these developments and enhancing capabilities through the ChemTech Centre.

Both officials stressed the significance of universal adherence to the Convention in upholding the norm against chemical weapons. They advocated for effective global cooperation to achieve this goal.

Sahores reiterated Argentina’s dedication to disarmament and non-proliferation efforts. He emphasized the critical need for international collaboration in this endeavor. Additionally, he reaffirmed Argentina’s partnership with the OPCW and relevant stakeholders in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Furthermore, Arias commended Argentina’s unwavering support as an Executive Council member, acknowledging its commitment to peaceful chemistry.

Background

Argentina has been an active member of the OPCW since the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997. As a member of the Executive Council, Argentina plays a crucial role in promoting effective implementation and compliance with the Convention.

The inauguration of the ChemTech Centre on 12 May 2023 has significantly enhanced the OPCW’s ability to conduct chemical research and analysis. This facility reinforces the Organisation’s verification regime and inspection capabilities of chemical industries globally. 

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Additionally, the Centre delivers capacity-building activities, including chemical emergency response training and analytical skills development courses for experts from Member States.

With 193 Member States, the OPCW leads global efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. On July 7, 2023, it verified destruction of 72,304 metric tonnes of chemical agents. This marked a significant milestone in permanent elimination.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan
Muhammad Idrees Khan is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Peace and Conflict Studies at the National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). He is passionate about analyzing global conflicts and understanding diplomatic strategies for peace-building. He actively engages in discussions on state security, international diplomacy, and conflict resolution. The writer can be reached at idreesbhittani123@gmail.com

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