Flags in the international zone of The Hague

OPCW Headquarters The Hague Enlarge image OPCW Headquarters The Hague (© OPCW)

The Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany represents Germany at the OPCW. Germany is a member of the Executive Council, which is the executive organ of the Organisation and consists of 41 members. Furthermore, the Permanent Representation represents German interests at the Conference of State Parties, which takes place once a year. Ambassador Dr. Christoph Israng is Head of the Representation and Permanent Representative of Germany to the OPCW.

Ambassador Israng and Director General signing the agreemen

Remnants of Libya’s chemical weapons programme to be destroyed in Germany

Germany is taking part in an international mission to destroy the last stockpiles of chemicals from Libya’s chemical weapons programme. On Thursday (8 September), 500 tonnes of chemical remnants arrived in the GEKA destruction facility in Munster, where they will be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner in the coming months.

H. E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, Director General of the OPCW

Director General of the OPCW at the Annual Retreat of the International Graduate Programme “Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung” (MBML)

The University of Giessen and Marburg Lung Centre, together with the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany, were honoured to host His Excellency, Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as a keynote speaker at their Annual Retreat  (July 20th-22nd, 2016).

Course on Chemical Safety Management for Member States in Africa held in Germany

With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, Government of Germany, the OPCW together with the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW) jointly organised, a course on Chemical Safety Management for Member States in Africa from 12 to 16 October 2015 at the premises of the University. The course accommodated 13 participants from 11 Member States* and was funded through a voluntary contribution from the German Federal Foreign Office.

Dawsar Drissi, International Cooperation Officer of the OPCW

Dawsar Drissi, International Cooperation Officer of the OPCW

The participants of the course and Prof. Barth

The participants of the course and Prof. Barth

Annual Course of Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries 2016

Annual Couse of Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries 2016

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Barth2016

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Barth

Wuppertal Annual Course of Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries 2016

Wuppertal Annual Course of Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries 2016

Group Photo

Group photo

Headquarter of the Wuppertal Fire Brigade

Headquarter of the Wuppertal Fire Brigade

Practical Exercises

Practical Exercises

Practical exercise of the participants at the headquarters of the Wuppertal fire brigade

Practical exercise of the participants at the headquarters of the Wuppertal fire brigade

Group Photo

OPCW Trains Chemical Safety Specialists in Germany

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made another step to building of capacity of chemical safety specialists during a training held between 4 and 8 April in Wuppertal, Germany.   Twenty three specialists from 22 countries benefited from two parallel training courses on “Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries”. The first course was offered for Africa region, while the second targeted Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) regions.   Mr Rüdiger Zettel, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OPCW in his opening remarks encouraged the participants to take full advantage of the courses and to become ambassadors for chemical safety in their home countries and regions.

Ahmet Üzümcü in Dresden

OPCW Director-General Visits Dresden

OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, visited Dresden from 29 January-1 February 2016 at the invitation of the Frauenkirche Foundation and State Government of Saxony.  During his visit, he met with Prime Minister of Free State Saxony, Mr Stanislaw Tillich, and the Bishop of Saxony, Dr Carsten Rentzing, as well as other senior officials.

Bagdad

Germany is assisting in the destruction of Iraq’s chemical weapons stockpiles

Ambassador Ekkehard Brose handed the mobile container lab over to Dr Hussain Al-Shahrestani, Iraq’s Higher Education Minister, on 18 January 2016. By providing this laboratory, Germany is helping Iraq in its efforts to meet its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The laboratory contains equipment to detect chemical warfare agents and toxic chemicals.

Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons completed

The civil war in Syria entered another level when, in contravention of international law, chemical weapons (sarin) were used against Syrian civilians in summer 2013. Following the threat of military steps from the United States and an agreement between the United States and Russia on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, the Syrian regime declared itself ready to destroy its chemical weapons and acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on 14 September 2013. Following decisions reached by the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the chemical weapons declared by Syria were removed from Syria by sea by June 2014 to be destroyed outside Syria.

Dr. Christoph Israng auf dem Wissenschaftsforum

Supporting OPCW's Disarmament Efforts in Syria

Although almost all countries in the world have acceeded to the treaty banning chemical weapons, they still pose a threat: the international community is facing a great challenge in Syria. The country joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 2013 and had to dismantle its chemical weapons programme. This was a great success for the international community.

Medical Guidelines

E-Guide-Book - Assistance to Medical Practioners for Casualties of Chemical Weapons

The OPCW launches an e-guide-book to provide assistance to medical practioners in the treatment of casualties of chemical weapons. From Germany, the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Bundeswehr in Munich was part of the project team.

OPCW Director-General Visits Russia to Mark Closure of Maradykovsky Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility

OPCW Director-General Visits Russia to Mark Closure of Maradykovsky Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Israng, together with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü and other representatives from the OPCW and the Diplomatic Corps, participated on October 30 in a ceremony marking the completion of operations at the Maradykovsky Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in the Kirov region.

Üzümcü in Berlin

Director-General Üzümcü visits Germany

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü delivered a key note address at the opening of the Third International Symposium on Development of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Capabilities in Berlin, Germany on 20 October 2015. In his speech, he underlined the need for concerted action to address the serious threat of the use of chemical weapons by non-state actors.

Award winning Painting by Lara Schicketanz (8 years)

Art Contest "Peace and Security"

Lara Schicketanz, 8 years old, from the 3rd grade of the German International School The Hague is the winner of the art competition on the subject "Peace and Security"

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German Initiative Ethical Guidelines for Chemistry Professionals

Workshop on Ethical Guidelines

As a way of promoting a culture of responsible conduct in the chemical sciences and to guard against the misuse of chemistry, in November 2014 Germany put forward a proposal to develop ethical guidelines for chemistry professionals, related to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The proposal was endorsed by the Conference of the States Parties at its Nineteenth Session, in December 2014. Ownership of this proposal was immediately passed to the international scientific and industry community, which had already addressed similar proposals.