Our Mission and History
The Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition (CWCC) is an independent, international civil society network whose mission is to support the aims of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and to supplement the efforts of the member states of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
This is done through focused civil society action aimed at achieving full membership of the CWC, the safe and timely elimination of all chemical weapons, preventing the misuse of chemicals for hostile purposes, and promoting their peaceful use.
The Coalition was founded in when several NGOs established an informal global network to help encourage and promote participation of civil society, industry, academia, and NGOs at the annual Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the Chemical Weapons Convention. During the Conference, the 193 member states of the CWC oversee the implementation of the treaty, promote the treaty’s objectives, and review compliance.
Outside of the Conference of States Parties, the Coalition holds webinars on relevant CW topics, facilitates networking opportunities for those in the chemical weapons community, promotes relevant chemical weapons publications by Coalition members, and aims to serve as a resource for NGOs interested in furthering the goal of universalizing the CWC.
- Participants must support the aims and mission of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
- The activities/interests of your organisation or individual research must be relevant to the object and purpose of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
- coordinating the submission of civil society statements that are delivered during a designated section of the General Debate
- hosting side events on relevant CW topics
- hosting the NGO Open Forum (accredited NGOs have the opportunity to present/discuss documents and/or exhibits that are relevant to the purpose of the CWC with Conference delegates, Technical Secretariat staff members, and other key stakeholders)
“It’s not possible to achieve the goal of ridding the world of chemical weapons without the full participation of civil society. […] Your outreach, your engagement, and your support to the people and communities affected by chemical weapons make you an indispensable partner. It’s important that you are part of the conversations taking place at the OCPW, and that’s why Canada has supported civil society in the CSP.”
Amb. Lisa Helfand, Canadian Representative to the OPCW, 10 May 2021