February 2024 Newsletter
In addition to sharing news and information on chemical weapons-related developments, this month we are requesting your input on our annual membership survey to gather feedback from our members and engage more fully with our community.

We want to hear from CWC Coalition members about your experience being part of our network so far and how we can better serve your needs. Our goal remains to facilitate civil society engagement with the CWC, and we look forward to continuing this work with you. 

Help us by taking a few minutes to complete our survey. Please complete the survey by Friday, 1 March 2024.  Information provided in your responses will be confidential and will be used to help the CWC Coalition implement our mission. As always, thank you for all that you do! 

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US Army Depot Teams Voted Arms Control Persons of the Year

Workers and technicians at the Pueblo, Colorado and Blue Grass, Kentucky sites were recognized for the safe and successful completion of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpile destruction in July 2023.

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Syria Resumes Talks with OPCW

In a briefing delivered by UNODA Secretary Adedeji Ebo on 22 December 2023, consultations between the OPCW Declaration Assessment Team and the Syrian National Authority took place after more than two and a half years. 

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Looking Ahead: EC-105 Dates Announced
The 105th Meeting of the OPCW Executive Council will take place from 5-8 March 2024 in The Hague. Topics will include: progress in elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons program, status of implementation of Article X of the CWC, and more.
Documents related to EC-105 can be accessed on the OPCW’s website here.

OPCW Stakeholder Survey

The OPCW Public Affairs office is requesting feedback from its civil society network in a short survey. This survey is for organizations that have worked directly with the OPCW, either by applying for or attending conferences in The Hague or participating in OPCW-related events. The deadline to complete the survey is 19 February 2024. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

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OPCW Open House, 2023

UNIDIR Finds Gender Discrepancies 

A recent report by UNIDIR’s Gender and Disarmament Hub found that “women are underrepresented in official meetings of the…CWC,” representing an average of 36% of diplomats. 

Learn more here.

OPCW Celebrates International Day of Women in Multilateralism

On 25 January 2024, the OPCW celebrated the 3rd annual Day of Women and Multilateralism. Inaugurated in 2021 as UNESCO’s Resolution 41 C/57, this day highlights “the essential role played by women in the promotion of human rights, peace and sustainable development within the multilateral system.”

Read the working paper on the importance of gender equality from the 5th CWC Review Conference in 2023.

Watch the OPCW’s video about women within the organization below:

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