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Remembrance Day for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

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UN- The United Nations Conference of the States Parties at its Tenth Session, dated 11 November 2005, decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed on 29 April each year.

29 April marks the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says "On this Remembrance Day, I urge the international community to intensify efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons, along with all other weapons of mass destruction. Let us work together to bring all States under the Convention and promote its full implementation. This is how we can best honour past victims and liberate future generations from the threat of chemical weapons."





The Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Convention held 8-19 April 2013 in the Hague, the Netherlands, adopted by consensus a political declaration that confirms the “unequivocal commitment” of the States Parties to the global chemical weapons ban, and a comprehensive review of CWC implementation since the last Review Conference in 2008 that also maps out the OPCW’s priorities for the coming five years.



Delivering his remarks to the Conference the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that progress in achieving the total destruction of chemical weapons must be complemented by efforts to gain universal adherence to the Convention. Eight countries remain outside of the Convention – Angola, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Syria.

UN Secretary General also called upon each and every one of these countries to join the rest of the international community without further delay. He also urged all those in a position to do so to show political leadership and encouraged these countries to join the Convention.



The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare commemoration provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.

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