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Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
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Member states of the OPCW (green)
Formation 29 April 1997[1]
Headquarters The Hague, Netherlands
52°05′28″N 4°16′59″E / 52.091241°N 4.283193°E / 52.091241; 4.283193Àwọn Akóìjánupọ̀: 52°05′28″N 4°16′59″E / 52.091241°N 4.283193°E / 52.091241; 4.283193
Membership 190 member states
All states party to the CWC are automatically members.
6 states are non-members: Angola, Burma, Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan.
Official languages English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic
Director General Ahmet Üzümcü[2]
Official organs Conference of the States Parties
Executive Council
Technical Secretariat
Budget €71 million/year (2012)[3]
Staff approximately 500[3]
Website opcw.org

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organisation, located in The Hague, Netherlands.

The organisation promotes and verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction. The verification consists both of evaluation of declarations by member states and on-site inspections.


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  1. "Chemical Weapons - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)". United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Chemical/Chemical_OPCW.shtml. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  2. Oliver Meier and Daniel Horner (November 2009). "OPCW Chooses New Director-General". Arms Control Association. http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2009_11/OPCW. 
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