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29 April 2022

On the 25th anniversary of OPCW, Director-General meets with German Minister of Foreign Affairs; attends launch of think tank (OPCW News)

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ambassador Fernando Arias paid an official visit to Germany today. While in Berlin, the Director-General delivered remarks at the launch of the competence network CBWNet think tank, a four-year project involving four research institutions from German universities which have joined forces to strengthen the norm against chemical and biological weapons.

27 April 2022

Artificial Intelligence and Chemical and Biological Weapons (Lawfare)

Researchers discovered unforeseen outcomes when using artificial intelligence (AI) to model new drugs. The model generated 40,000 new molecules in just 6 hours, including many known chemical weapons, and some potentially toxic chemicals that have yet to be synthesized.

22 April 2022

Bilateral Visits programme strengthens implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (OPCW News)

Bilateral visits provide an opportunity for National Authorities personnel to share best practices on CWC national implementation. Delegations discussed national implementing legislation, complying with obligations related to the CWC’s verification regime, the transfer regimes of scheduled chemicals, organising emergency preparedness and response to chemical incidents developing regulations and measures on chemical safety and security, and the functioning of the National Authority.

20 April 2022

Entire U.S. stockpile of VX Nerve Agent eliminated (Richmond Register)

The last M55 rocket containing VX nerve agent was destroyed at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) April 19. “We are celebrating two milestones today,” said Dr. Candace Coyle, BGCAPP site project manager. “First, the entire U.S. stockpile of VX nerve agent is now completely destroyed. Next, this marks the completion of the fourth of five chemical weapons destruction campaigns in Kentucky.”

14 April 2022

France contributes €2.2M to OPCW voluntary trust funds (OPCW News)

An allocation of €880,000 will be provided to the Trust Fund for Implementation of Article X (assistance and protection against chemical weapons). The funding will be used to provide bilateral assistance activities earmarked towards Ukraine, to strengthen mitigation capacities and preparedness to respond to chemical incidents and attacks in West Africa and to conduct trainings and capacity building activities at the future OPCW ChemTech Centre for French speaking Member States.

14 April 2022

VX delivered: Rockets transported for destruction (DVIDS)

Crews at the Blue Grass Chemical Activity have loaded the last of stockpiled rockets containing the nerve agent VX for transport to the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant. This leaves only one munition type in storage at BGCA, moving the U.S. closer to meeting international treaty obligations to destroy stockpiled chemical weapons.