It is a great honor and a privilege for us to annouce that on the 23rd of May the SICC 2017 Conference will host the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as a side event of the conference. This special event is organized by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe Events of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the HESAR association. This Side Event will take place in the same venue of the SICC 2017 Conference (National Fire Academy - Istituto Superiore Antincendi, Via del Commercio 13, Rome, Italy), at the presence of the OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü.
IN COLLABORATION WITH
- Date and Time: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 9:30 - 12:00
- Venue: (same as the SICC 2017 Conference) National Fire Academy, Via del Commercio 13, 00154 Rome, Italy
- Welcome Coffee
Keynote Speech by the Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW.
Welcome Address by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
A round-table of internationally-known experts from diplomacy, acandemy and industry will discuss latest developments, achievements and challenges. Brief session of questions and answers will follow.
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) comprehensively prohibits the use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons. Any chemical used for warfare is considered a chemical weapon by the Convention. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body of the CWC and oversees the global endeavour to permanently eliminate chemical weapons.
The Convention entered into force in 1997. With 192 countries obligating themselves to the CWC, it is the most successful disarmament treaty in existence, eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction. To date, over 93 per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor states have been destroyed under OPCW verification. For its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons, the OPCW received the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace.