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Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

CWC and OPCW: Future Course and Challenges

In the last few years, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) originally designed to eliminate chemical weapons, has paid attention also towards economic and technological developments and assistance and protection against chemical weapons with the help of international cooperation and assistance.

Syria and WMD: Deepening Uncertainty

June 03, 2013

Even as the uncertainty over the alleged use of chemical weapons use in Syria deepens, the cautious US response to the situation has been conditioned by the lack of viable military options as well as its Iraq war experience.

The Third Review Conference of the State Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Relevance for South Asia

The Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is scheduled to take place in Hague during 8-19 April 2013. The previous two review conferences were held in 2003 and 2008. They stressed on the ‘Universality’ of the CWC. This conference is also expected to continue along the same principle.

Civil Society, Chemical Industry and the Chemical Weapons Convention

Civil society has played a very important role in the framing of the regime against chemical weapons. Following the adoption of the Biological Weapons Convention in 1972, Civil society actively supported negotiations that led to the adoption of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1992. However after coming into force the relationship between CWC and Civil Society underwent an important change.

2011 Libyan Disclosures: 'Take-away' for CWC verification

As part of the process of joining the CWC in January 2004, Tripoli made a declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wherein it declared the following materials and capabilities, which were verified by OPCW inspections. However, on November 1, 2011, the transitional Libyan government declared a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons.

Challenges for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

September 2011

Chemical science has a direct relationship with human life. In order to celebrate the value of chemistry, the United Nations (UN) has declared 2011 as the ‘International Year of Chemistry’. Various bodies of the UN including UNESCO and other organisations like the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been entrusted with popularising the science of chemistry.

Myanmar

Since its independence in 1948, Myanmar has consistently taken stance against all kinds of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It has been a signatory to various international protocols and conventions against biological as well as chemical weapons, including the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare; the 1972 Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxic Weapons Convention; and Chemical Weapons Convention or CWC (1993).

Japan: CBW

Japan claims that it does not possess Weapon of Mass Destructions including the Chemical and Biological Weapons.

Taking Strength from the Past in Securing India’s Future

India’s earlier leadership in Biological and Chemical Weapons Convention and the need to take a pro-active role in ongoing UN Process for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

India Finishes Destruction of its CW Arsenal

May 21, 2009

This destruction of CWs under the watchful eyes of international inspectors by strictly following a declared roadmap could be said to be a feather in the cap for India’s overall disarmament and arms control efforts.

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