Canada provides funding to strengthen the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
May 30, 2022 – Her Excellency Lisa Helfand, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Ambassador Fernando Arias, Director-General of the OPCW today announced a further voluntary contribution from Canada in the amount of EUR 1.8 million (approximately CAD 2.56 million) to address a range of chemical weapons related threats and priorities.
Canada and the OPCW have a long history of collaboration to mitigate chemical weapons threats and to strengthen the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This new contribution builds on that partnership and aims to ensure that the OPCW remains well-equipped to enforce the non-proliferation objectives of the CWC and respond to, assess and provide definitive information on chemical weapons incidents. Canada's Weapons Threat Reduction Program, which is Canada's contribution to the G7-led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, has provided this contribution to support enhancement of cyber and physical security at OPCW facilities, delivery of capacity-building assistance in Africa, and support for chemical forensics through chemical profiling which will be used to assess the origin of chemicals used in chemical weapons attacks.
The threat environment has changed significantly since the OPCW was established in 1997. To keep pace with these evolving threats, enhancements of the Organisation's physical and cyber infrastructure with this funding from Canada will help the OPCW fight back against attempts to breach the integrity of its information and security of its headquarters and staff.
Additionally, Canada fully supports the Implementation of Article X for the assistance and protection of States Parties against chemical weapons threats. It is in this context that this new funding is supporting assistance and protection capacity building efforts in Africa, specifically aimed at enhancing chemical incident response capacities and training for African customs institutions involved in monitoring the import and export of toxic chemicals.
This funding is the latest in a series of Canadian voluntary contributions aimed at future-proofing the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ensuring it remains well-equipped to prevent, detect and respond to new and emerging CW threats and challenges.
- Since 2013, Canada's Weapons Threat Reduction Program has provided more than CAD 40 million in voluntary contributions to the OPCW to strengthen the Chemical Weapons Convention, address the re-emergence of chemical weapons, and identify those who violate international law by using them.
- Canada is the leading national donor to the OPCW's new laboratory – the Center for Chemistry and Technology.
- Canada started its two-year rotation on the OPCW's governing body, the Executive Council, in May 2022. Follow us on Twitter for more news.
- Canada is a leading member of the 31 country Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, the premier international mechanism to prevent the proliferation and terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons and related materials.
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