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2 November 2021

MOD and Dstl host 23rd Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference (Gov.UK)

Hosted by the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation (CWD) Conference has been held every year since 1998 (except 2020), shortly after the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force, banning chemical weapons and requiring states to destroy any existing stockpiles. Experts from all over the world discuss their progress and co-operation in eliminating chemical weapons and addressing the remaining challenges, and share experiences and lessons.

1 November 2021

45 OPCW States Demand Answers About Navalny (Arms Control Association)

Forty-five nations demanded that Russia clarify and resolve unanswered questions regarding its handling of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The action was taken last month during a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council. The UK-led joint statement invoked Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which allows states to request clarification of any matter relating to the implementation of the convention. Russia responded with its own set of questions.

26 October 2021

Hookworms have potential to protect soldiers from chemical, biological weapons (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis)

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are working to develop the next generation of combat-ready personal protective equipment (PPE). The goal is to develop personalized protective biosystems that would include living factories of organisms genetically engineered to produce anti-nerve agents, antibodies or other biological antidotes to a variety of chemical or biological threats.

26 October 2021

Chemical Weapons Convention inspection a success (Richmond Register)

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) conducted the 26th systematic stockpile verification inspection at the Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA) from Oct. 18 to 22. The inspection team assured accountability of every chemical weapon stored at BGCA.

20 October 2021

In Aftermath of Navalny Poisoning, Chemical Weapons Group Tiptoes Toward Unprecedented Step (RadioFreeEurope)

Two dozen years ago, the world’s most sweeping treaty aimed at eliminating chemical weapons came into effect. In addition to establishing The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the treaty set up a way for its 193 members to raise suspicions and accusations — and a way to investigate or verify them using inspectors. That may be about to happen for the first time in the OPCW’s history.

18 October 2021

Germany Response to Russia EC-98/NAT.9 (OPCW)

Pursuant to Article IX, paragraph 2 of the CWC, Germany submitted this response to the questions posed by the Russian Federation regarding the Alexei Navalny incident.

18 October 2021

Sweden Response to Russia EC-98/NAT.12 (OPCW)

Pursuant to Article IX, paragraph 2 of the CWC, Sweden submitted this response to the questions posed by the Russian Federation regarding the Alexei Navalny incident.

18 October 2021

France Response to Russia EC-98/NAT.10 (OPCW)

Pursuant to Article IX, paragraph 2 of the CWC, France submitted this response to the questions posed by the Russian Federation regarding the Alexei Navalny incident.