Bhutan observes the 20th anniversary of OPCW
A thousand of butter lamps were lit at the National Memorial Chorten last Monday by minister of foreign affairs Damcho Dorji, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the organization for the prohibition of the chemical weapons (OPCW) and the entry into force of chemical weapons convention (CWC).
The organization for the prohibition of the chemical weapons is the implementing agency for the chemical weapons convention that entered into force on 29th April 1997.
While, its mission was to implement the provisions of the chemical weapons convention to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. The OPCW received the 2013 Nobel peace prize in recognition of its efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.
Bhutan supports all efforts to provide general and complete disarmament. As a state party to the chemical weapons convention, and as a responsible member of the international community, Bhutan is committed to future the efforts of the chemical weapons and to prevent its production.
Over the past twenty years, approximately 96 percent of chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor state have been eliminated under the watchful eye of the OPCW. This remarkable achievement is the result of a global endeavor.
One hundred and ninety two countries committing themselves to the chemical weapons convention have made it possible for 98 per cent of the global population to live under the conventions protection.
The disarmament achievements are remarkable and thanks to OPCW verification. In response to an evolving security landscape, OPCW member states and technical secretariat have become increasingly agile and resilient as we respond to today’s threats and prepare for tomorrows. 96 percent of the world declared stockpile of 72,304 metric tons of chemical agent have been destroyed.
Meanwhile, Bhutan acceded to the CWC on 18 August, 2005.
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While, 6327 inspections have taken at 235 chemical weapon related and 2255 industrial site on the territory of 86 states parties since April 1997 and 4732 industrial facilities are liable to inspection.
OPCW is the fastest growing international disarmament organization in history. The united nation has called upon all the state to join the CWC and to rid the world of the threat chemical weapons pose to international security.