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10 August 2021
Plants, Heavy Metals, and the Lingering Scars of World War I (Atlas Obscura)
An excerpt from Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, by Cal Flyn, describes the impact that chemical weapons had on the landscape in France, particularly at the “Zone Rouge” and the “Place of Gas” near Verdun.
9 August 2021
17th General Meeting of BNACWC Held (United News of Bangladesh)
The 17th General Meeting of Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention was held on Monday via an online platform. Members reviewed the present activities of BNACWC and discussed about the future road map to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention in Bangladesh.
5 August 2021
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said at a UNSC briefing on Syria that India has been repeatedly cautioning against the possibility of terrorist entities and individuals gaining access to chemical weapons.
4 August 2021
The members of the Security Council will review the activities of OPCW between 24 June to 23 July 2021 in implementing Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) and the relevant provisions of the OPCW Executive Council decisions in relation to the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme. (Video recording)
3 August 2021
Germany requested the OPCW Technical Secretariat to declassify previously classified documents related to the Alexei Navalny case. The Secretariat published a letter from the Permanent Representative of Germany to the OPCW, H.E. Amb. Gudrun Lingner, to OPCW Director-General, H.E. Fernando Arias, in which Germany requested the Secretariat to carry out a technical assistance visit in the case of Alexei Navalny.
2 August 2021
Experts from the African Member States of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) expanded their knowledge of detection, sampling, and identification of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals during an online course held from 27 to 29 July.
29 July 2021
A draft permit that will allow operation of Static Detonation Chamber units at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is open for public comment through Sept. 13. The three SDC units will augment the main plant by destroying 4.2-inch mortar rounds containing mustard agent.
23 July 2021
The terms of the agreement include extensive revisions to CMPD directives, including a ban on the use of CS tear gas during protests; a ban on the use of chemical weapons to ‘kettle’ or trap protestors; a provision that prohibits CMPF from directing pepper balls at protesters’ heads and necks; and several other revisions.