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  • Preparing For The 4th Review Conference Of The Chemical Weapons Convention: Some Observations On Process And Outcomes

    The 4th Review Conference to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will be held in 2018. The Member States will, in light of the recent experiences in Iraq and Syria and in accordance with the regime's seven core objectives, continue to clarify the focus and balance of activities going forward.

    January-June 2017

    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

    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.

    June 03, 2013

    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)

    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.

    September 2011

    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).

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