VERTIC participates in the 18th Conference of the States Parties to the CWC

VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, represented VERTIC at the 18th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention during 2-4 December. High on the agenda of this year's Conference was Syria's accession to the Convention and the status of verification of the destruction of the country's chemical weapons stockpile. The Conference also re-appointed by acclamation Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü for a second term of office as OPCW Director-General. It has been a historic year for the organisation that he oversees with the events in Syria and the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Other events took place during the Conference including an Open Forum, organised by civil society, which included the following speakers: Scott Spence from VERTIC; Dr Michael Crowley from the University of Bradford; Ms Sharon Dolev from the Israeli Disarmament Movement; Dr Shahriar Khateri from the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) and the Tehran Peace Museum; Ambassador Gillane Allam from the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs; Mr Daryl Kimball from the Arms Control Association; and Mr Rana Ather Javed from Pakistan House (Denmark). The audience heard a moving account from a survivor of chemical weapons use in Iran of the suffering that he and others continue to go through, decades after the Iran-Iraq war.

NGOs were invited for a second time to give statements from the plenary floor of the Conference (the first opportunity was during the Third Review Conference in April this year). Mr Richard Guthrie, of CBW Events, kindly delivered VERTIC's statement on our behalf. The statement is available here


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