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Thursday, 21 July 2011

OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety & Security - Activities - IYC 2011

Invitation Note for the OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety and Security

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will host an OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety and Security on 12 and 13 September 2011.

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) represents the singular legal instrument comprehensively banning chemical weapons and the misuse of chemistry. The CWC thereby helps to ensure that chemistry is used only for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of humankind.

OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety & Security - Activities - IYC 2011


The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will host an OPCW Conference on International Cooperation and Chemical Safety and Security on 12 and 13 September 2011 in the context of the International Year of Chemistry. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed (resolution 63/209) the year



The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) represents the singular legal instrument comprehensively banning chemical weapons and the misuse of chemistry, while ensuring that it is used only for peaceful purposes. CWC has the essential and unique role of ensuring that chemistry is exclusively used in the service of human kind. Bearing this in mind, our Conference is intended to promote the goals of the CWC by highlighting both the achievements of OPCW and the challenges that lie ahead. The Conference will seek to enhance support for the Convention’s objectives, including in the area of international cooperation with major stakeholders (United Nations, State Parties to the Convention, regional and international organisations, the chemistry industry, the IUPAC, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and think tanks).

Given the comprehensive prohibition of the CWC on chemical weapons, OPCW envisions this conference as a forum for exploring sustainable ways and means of sharing knowledge and best practices to protect chemical plants from potential security threats.

Some of the themes we expect to cover include:
International cooperation

• Chemical management and international conventions
• National implementation: national experiences
• Innovations in chemistry and their applications for developing countries
• Emerging areas in chemistry
• International collaboration for promotion of centres of excellence in the field of chemistry
• OPCW and challenges in promoting international cooperation
Chemical safety:

• Chemical safety management
• Chemical safety in transportation of chemicals
• Green chemistry
• Responsible Care-Chemical Safety for Small Enterprises
• Safety Management in chemical industry
• Lessons in chemical safety-learning from incidents and accidents
• Chemical safety management; Emergency Planning and Response
Chemical Security

• OPCW as a global platform of support for cooperation in decreasing the chemical threat and prevention and preparedness against misuse of toxic chemicals
• Lessons learned from the national and international agencies
• Training
• Promoting awareness of chemical security and safety
• Fostering cooperation between chemical professionals

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