Damghan IAU Faculty Member & Iranian Ambassador to Netherlands Appointed as the Head of Asian OPCW

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 22:11

A faculty member of international law department of IAU, Damghan branch, and Iranian ambassador to Netherlands has been appointed as the head of OPCW.

Alireza Jahangiri, Iran's ambassador in The Hague, was appointed as the head of Asian Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in a meeting chaired by Pakistan Ambassador, ANA reports.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 192 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.

Pakistan was the head of OPCW since 2004 and in the recent meeting, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been selected as its new head.

The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

  • Destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW;
  • Monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging;
  • Providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats; and
  • Fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

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