OPCW

Statement René van Sloten on behalf of Marco Mensink at OPCW 4th Review Conference

23 November 2018, The Hague
Mr Chairman,
Director-General Arias,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates and colleagues,

I am René van Sloten, Executive Director with Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. On behalf of Cefic Director General Marco Mensink, presently also ICCA Council Secretary, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to address you in his place today. The International Council of Chemical Associations represents the global chemical industry with over 90% of global chemical sales.

Firstly, I recall the unwavering support of ICCA for the object and purpose of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The preamble of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) states that …”Achievements in the field of chemistry should be exclusively for the benefit of mankind” and we wholeheartedly share that objective. The chemical industry’s support of the CWC is a natural extension […]

ICCA Statement on The Hague Ethical Guidelines

A strong supporter of the Chemical Weapons Convention, ICCA maintains a constant dialogue with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Convention. It is also a member of the group of chemistry practitioners created by the OPCW to promote peaceful uses of chemistry for the benefit of all.

This group of 39 scientists and chemistry professionals from 29 countries produced the ‘The Hague Ethical Guidelines’ https://www.opcw.org/special-sections/science-technology/the-hague-ethical-guidelines/ intended to build understanding among the science community and between scientists and society about the culture and practice of responsible science. Disseminating the Guidelines more widely is key to achieving this goal and they have been endorsed by the International Union of Pure and […]

OPCW Director-General addresses ICCA Board meeting

Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) addressed the ICCA Board meeting in Vienna in October.

Delivering a statement entitled ‘Twenty Years of the OPCW: its Achievements, Future Outlook and Cooperation with Industry” Ambassador Üzümcü described the partnership with the chemical industry as a pillar of OPCW’s success and emphasized that building bridges with organizations such as ICCA was vital to their future endeavors.

At a time when OPCW activities are shifting from verifying the destruction of chemical weapons to preventing their re-emergence, Ambassador Üzümcü encouraged industry representatives to consider new perspectives, saying, “Our partnership with the chemical industry has been a pillar of that success and building bridges with institutions such as the ICCA […]

ICCA addresses OPCW Conference of State Parties

Marco Mensink addressed the OPCW Conference of State Parties in the Hague at the end of November.  Speaking in his capacity as Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations he praised the OPCW for the excellent work it was undertaking, and voiced his appreciation of the positive partnership and cooperation between the two organizations in ensuring that chemicals are not used for prohibited purposes.

Stressing that the creation of a trustful partnership was invaluable for relations between national authorities and industrial players as well as for ICCA and the OPCW secretariat, Marco Mensink highlighted the successful capacity building programme carried out during 2017. 18 chemical plant sites from 15 member states hosted participants for a three week training with […]

OPCW elects new Director-General

Ambassador Fernando Arias Gonzalez of Spain will be the new Director-General of OPCW for the period 2018-22.  His appointment was ratified at the Conference of the State Parties of the OPCW in the Hague at the end of November.

Ambassador Arias was the victor in three successive votes, securing an increasingly larger margin over six other candidates.  His election provides continuity to the work carried out by Spain on the United Nations Security Council from 2015-16, particularly in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament.

OPCW, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, was set up in 2013 by the State Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  The Convention, whose State Parties number 192, accounting for 98% […]

ICCA and the Chemical Weapons Convention

ICCA Council Secretary Speaks at the 21st Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the Hague.
Mr. Chairman, Ambassador Űzűmcű, Distinguished Delegates and Guests: I am Cal Dooley, the President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council.  I have the privilege of serving as the Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), on whose behalf I am pleased to make these remarks.

 

ICCA and its member associations particularly appreciate the commitment of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) to regularly engage the chemical industry and scientific organizations.  Your decision several years ago to extend industry a standing invitation to address the CSP plenary is an important indication of your continued interest […]