Our work has not finished with completion of chemical weapons the destruction

This message sounded at the Conference “CWC yesterday, today…and tomorrow?” organised by the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SONS) in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 19 April 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The conference with over 150 participants took place in the Černínský palace, the seat of the MFA. Except for the organizing institutions, the conference was also attended by representatives of many public institutions, chemical industry and academia. The programme was divided in four thematic sections where speakers mentioned history of the CWC, its aims and purposes, role of the CWC in the international law, national implementation and role of the OPCW and the Czech National Authority (SONS). Representatives of other public institutions and industry also delivered their presentations. The declared chemical weapons and methods of their destruction, possible misuse of chemicals, and principles of chemical safety and security were also discussed.

A thematic poster exhibition, giving the participants opportunity to learn more about discussed topics, was also an integral part of the conference.

Photo 1: Presentation about chemical weapons destruction

Photo 2: Conference participants

Photo 3: Organisers from SONS