Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

General introduction
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The HagueThe Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an international organisation that was established in 1997 by the countries that joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to ensure that the Convention works effectively and achieves its purpose.
Under the terms of the Convention, the OPCW undertakes many activities all over the world, including:

- working to convince those countries in the world that have not yet done so to join the Convention;
- checking and confirming the destruction of existing chemical weapons;
- monitoring certain activities in the chemical industry to reduce the risk of commercial chemicals being misused for weapons purposes;
- providing assistance and protection to member countries if they are attacked or threatened with attack by chemical weapons, including by terrorists; and
- promoting international cooperation for the peaceful uses of chemistry.

The OPCW plays an important role in limiting the methods of warfare by severely decreasing one of its most horrific instruments and working towards the complete elimination of this entire category of "weapons of mass destruction". The OPCW is an independent international organisation, working in the interests of its Member States. The OPCW has its headquarters in The Hague and cooperates closely with the United Nations.

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Who's who?
Ahmet Üzümcü - Director-General of the Technical Secretariat

Contact information
OPCW Headquarters
Johan de Wittlaan 32
2517 JR The Hague

Tel: +31-(0)70-4163300
Fax: +31-(0)70-3063535

Website: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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