Press releases

  • 20 Mar 2014 - 5 November 2013 - Addressing today the 34th meeting of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü provided an update on the progress made in the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria since the publication of his first report on 25 October 2013.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 10 December 2013 - Ahmet Üzümcü commends practical, verifiable results of chemical disarmament. - Says that partnerships with science, industry and civil society are key. - Urges states outside the Chemical Weapons Convention to join. - Announces that Prize money will be used to fund annual OPCW awards. Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü this afternoon accepted the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 6 October 2013 - A group of OPCW Technical Secretariat experts who were part of the advanced team that has been in Damascus since 1 October has returned to The Hague. This group was tasked to engage with the Syrian authorities in accordance with Operative Paragraph One of the decision of the Executive Council.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 30 November 2013 - OPCW receives expressions of interest from 35 private companies to destroy other Syrian chemicals
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 2 October 2013 - Press release [bulletin] from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations. The joint OPCW-UN team has completed its first working day in an operation that aims to rid Syria of its chemical weapons programme by mid-2014.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 4 March 2014 - The Syrian Arab Republic has submitted to the OPCW a revised proposal that aims to complete the removal of all chemicals from Syria before the end of April 2014.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 8 January 2014 - The Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü informed the OPCW Executive Council today about the commencement of the removal of priority chemicals from Syria for destruction outside the country and described it as “an important new phase” in the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 27 September 2013 - The OPCW Executive Council today adopted a historic decision [PDF - 28 KB] on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 26 February 2014 - Statement of the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission Ms. Sigrid Kaag Today, a shipment of the Syrian Arab Republic’s stockpile of sulphur mustard, commonly known as “mustard gas” has left its territory. I welcome this shipment as an important step in the elimination of the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons programme, said Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag.
  • 20 Mar 2014 - 27 January 2014 - Special Coordinator for the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag visited Doha on 27 January 2014. She met with the Qatari Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah. Special Coordinator Kaag also held a number of consultations to discuss the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in the elimination of the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.