Nobel Peace Prize Winners Helping Scrap Chemical Weapons
Winning for their work in Syria, the OPCW leads disarmament charge.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental body based in The Hague, Netherlands. It oversees international compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention among those countries that have signed the agreement (to date, all but a handful of countries have joined the convention).
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OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said, "We have ... worked with quiet determination to rid the world of these heinous weapons—weapons which have been used to horrific effect throughout the 20th century and, sadly, in our own time too."
Üzümcü pointed to recent use of chemical weapons by Assad's regime in Syria as "a tragic reminder that there remains much work yet to be done."