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Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Denmark warmly congratulates the OPCW on its 20th anniversary.

To date, more than 94 percent of the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical agents have been destroyed under the verification of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In 2013 the Organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its invaluable work. Notwithstanding the progress toward complete destruction of declared stockpiles of chemical weapons, the recent horrific use of chemical toxins in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria underscores the continued importance of the OPCW.

The OPCW was founded on April 29 1997 in order to achieve the object and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The Convention entered into force the same year and prohibits an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It is the most successful international disarmament regime in existence. With 192 countries obligating themselves to the Convention, it is imperative in reaching a world free of chemical weapons.

The 20th anniversary of the OPCW provides an opportunity for the entire international community to reiterate the strong support for the Organization and its skilled and devoted staff as well as its persistence in holding member states accountable to the CWC. The 20th anniversary is also an opportunity to call on all States not yet party to the Convention to accede to it without further delay.

Denmark is honoured to have contributed to OPCW’s important work in Syria and Libya in close cooperation with partners.