Nobel Peace Prize 2013

Nobel Peace Prize 2013

Author: ChemViews

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons“.


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
was established in 1997 and its headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands. It currently has 189 member states, which represent about 98 % of the global population and landmass and 98 % of the worldwide chemical industry.

The goal of OPWC is to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). In implementing this conventation OPWC works towards destroying all existing chemical weapons. It also monitors chemical industry to prevent new weapons from emerging and provides assistance and protection to member states against chemical threats. Its final goal is to foster international cooperation to strengthen the implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

The OPCW is the organization that is currently overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons in the current civil unrest in Syria has emphasized the importance of eradicating chemical weapons.


Book chapters by OPCW:

Also of interest:

Relevant publications:

CBRN Protection: Managing the Threat of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Weapons
Andre Richardt (Ed.), Birgit Hulseweh (Ed.), Bernd Niemeyer (Ed.), Frank Sabath (Ed.)
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
ISBN: 978-3-527-32413-2

Other relevant publications by Wiley can be found on Wiley Online Library.

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