Bhutan ob­serves the 20th anniversary of OPCW

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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.

The 20th anniversary means op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise aware­ness about chem­i­cal weapons, the chem­i­cal weapons con­ven­tion and OPCW for au­di­ences around the world. Use freely, with ap­pro­pri­ate at­tri­bu­tion, the va­ri­ety of re­sources of­fered to bring the anniversary to life.

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.

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