Organization for the Prohibition Chemical Weapons

OPCW Building, The Hague, Netherlands

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the International Organization created by the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997 in order to ensure the effectiveness of the Convention and achievement of its goals.


OPCW's mission is to eliminate all chemical weapons worldwide. Pursuant to the Convention, the OPCW's work consists mainly of:


  • Verifying and confirming the destruction of existing chemical weapons;

  • Maintain surveillance over certain activities of the chemical industry to reduce the risk that commercial chemicals are used for the purpose of chemical weapons;

  • Provide assistance and protection to member states that they were attacked or threatened with chemical weapons; and

  • To promote international cooperation in the use of chemistry for peaceful purposes.


In addition to the Conference of States Parties, which is the Organization’s main body with general powers to monitor implementation of the Convention and promote its object and purpose, the OPCW has an executive Council composed of 41 members, including Peru. The Council's mandate is to promote the effective implementation and enforcement of the Convention and monitor the activities of the Technical Secretariat, cooperate with the National Authority of each State Party and facilitate consultations and cooperation among States Parties at their request.​


For more information about the OPCW please consult the following link:​


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