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30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Conference

30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Reflecting on History, Celebrating Achievements, and Addressing Challenges

Meeting Announcement

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Conference

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The countdown has begun for the upcoming conference, "30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Histories, Achievements, Challenges," scheduled to take place on October 5-6, 2023 in Harnack-Haus in Berlin. The conference is supported by the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Universität Hamburg, and the CWC Coalition of the Arms Control Association.

As the world remembers the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993 in Paris, this conference provides an opportune moment for the treaty’s stakeholders to converge and evaluate the progress achieved so far in implementing it. Notably, September 30, 2023 marks the projected deadline for the elimination of all declared chemical arsenals by the parties to the CWC treaty.

The conference will offer a comprehensive view of the history, achievements, and evolving challenges of the CWC over the past three decades. Participants will engage in critical discussions regarding the realignment of the world in the face of a changing geopolitical and security landscape.

Key highlights of the conference include:

  • A keynote address by the former Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), providing expert insights into the treaty's journey.
  • Thought-provoking panels addressing various aspects of the CWC, with a particular focus on its potential as a model for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  • Participation by government officials, renowned scholars, and esteemed members of civil society.

For a detailed program and schedule, please visit the dedicated conference website.

In order to secure your attendance at this event, kindly register by September 30, 2023 on the registration portal.

Don't miss this opportunity to join the global conversation on chemical disarmament and the future of international security.

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