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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.

13 October 2021

OPCW Member States from Latin America and the Caribbean equip customs authorities with knowledge on chemical trade control (OPCW)

The Head of OPCW’s Implementation Support Branch, Ms Beatrix Lahoupe, remarked: “Customs are a key player in monitoring and controlling the chemical trade, and thereby in global non-proliferation efforts. Customs officers work to ensure that no scheduled chemical is illegally imported or exported. Therefore, they must be equipped with specific knowledge and skills for enforcing control over the trade in chemicals.”

11 October 2021

AI will finally remove toxic weapons from the bottom of the sea (Euronews.green)

As part of the EU-funded project BASTA (Boost Applied munition detection through Smart date inTegration and AI workflows), the Kiel-based company North.io is using AI tools to more accurately scour the seafloor, analysing the weapons and chemical compounds it finds.