11 Facts About OPCW


Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland said, "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law".

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On 11 October 2013, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the OPCW had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons".

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In June 2018, the OPCW voted to expand its own powers, allowing itself to assign blame for a contravention of its regulations.

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The main activities of the OPCW are performed by the inspection and the verification divisions.

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All states parties make contributions to the OPCW budget, based on a modified UN scale of assessments.

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OPCW has the power to report on whether chemical weapons were used in an attack it has investigated.

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In June 2018 following the Skripal poisoning the UK convinced other members despite the Russian opposition that the OPCW needed to grant itself new powers to assign blame for attacks.

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None of those activities have taken place, although the OPCW contributed to investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as part of a United Nations mission.

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The OPCW only undertakes these inspections on request of another member state, after verification of the presented proof.

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OPCW has served as Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador of Spain to Mali, Mauritania, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria.

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OPCW lodged a complaint before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization, which, by a judgment of 16 July 2003, quashed the dismissal and condemned the OPCW to compensation for material and moral damage.

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