Chemical watchdog adopts amendment to CWC

BRUSSELS, A Conference of States Parties (CSP) to Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Wednesday adopted two decisions to amend for the first time Annex on Chemicals to Convention, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said in a press release Wednesday.

The decision was taken by the conference which began at the Hague on Monday and will conclude on Friday.

The two decisions adopted reflect proposals that were submitted in the context of an evolving threat from chemical weapons and their recent use, which require the OPCW to continually adjust its ability to respond, it said.

The first decision was jointly proposed by Canada, the Netherlands, and the US, while the second decision was proposed by Russia.

The Director-General of OPCW Fernando Arias, said “this is the first time in its history that the Chemical Weapons Convention’s Annex on Chemicals has been updated.

“This is an important development that demonstrates the adaptability of the Convention to changing threats while enhancing the OPCW’s ability to remain vigilant, agile, and fit for purpose,” he added.

The Annex on Chemicals includes list of toxic chemicals and their precursors.

The CWC banning the development, production, use, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons, entered into force in 1997.

The CSP is the principal organ of the OPCW and consists of representatives from each of the Organisation’s Member States.

The Conference meets annually and oversees the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, promotes the treaty’s objectives and reviews compliance with the treaty.

As the implementing body for the CWC, the OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavour to permanently eliminate chemical weapons.

Source: Kuwait News Agency