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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.

historical centre of The Hague with OPCW-flags

20th anniversary of the OPCW

In the presence of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today marked the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the founding of the OPCW during a solemn ceremony held at the Ridderzaal (Hall of the Knights) in The Hague. Click here for the full text of Ambassador Israng's address:   

The  participants of the workshop with Prof. Dr. Barth and Aleksey Leksin form the University of Wuppertal

Annual Course of Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Industry 2017

With the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the OPCW together with the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW)  made another step to building of capacity of chemical safety specialists during a training held between 4 and 8 April in Wuppertal, Germany.  The 23 participants from Africa, Asia and Latin America, all professionals in the field of Safety and Loss Prevention, could gain new insights in the latest developments and trained in many practical exercises  the detection and management of hazards in chemical plants.

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).

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.

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.


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.

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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20 years OPCW

2017 is a special year for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) because 29 April marks the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the founding of the OPCW.


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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.