30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Reflecting on History, Celebrating Achievements, and Addressing Challenges

30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Reflecting on History, Celebrating Achievements, and Addressing Challenges

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Universität Hamburg, CWC-Koalition der Arms Control Association
Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Ihnestr. 16-20
From - Until
05.10.2023 - 06.10.2023
Jelena Tomovic, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

The countdown has begun for the upcoming conference, "30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Histories, Achievements, Challenges", scheduled to take place on October 5–6, 2023 in Harnack-Haus in Berlin. The conference is supported by the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Universität Hamburg, and the CWC Coalition of the Arms Control Association.

30 Years of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Reflecting on History, Celebrating Achievements, and Addressing Challenges

As the world remembers the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993 in Paris, this conference provides an opportune moment for the treaty’s stakeholders to converge and evaluate the progress achieved so far in implementing it. Notably, September 30, 2023 marks the projected deadline for the elimination of all declared chemical arsenals by the parties to the CWC treaty.

The conference will offer a comprehensive view of the history, achievements, and evolving challenges of the CWC over the past three decades. Participants will engage in critical discussions regarding the realignment of the world in the face of a changing geopolitical and security landscape.

Key highlights of the conference include:

A keynote address by the former Director General of the implementing agency of the CWC, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), providing expert insights into the treaty's journey. Thought-provoking panels addressing various aspects of the CWC, with a particular focus on its potential as a model for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Participation by government officials, renowned scholars, and esteemed members of civil society.

For a detailed program and schedule, please visit the dedicated conference website.

In order to secure your attendance at this event, kindly register by September 30, 2023 on the registration portal.

Don't miss this opportunity to join the global conversation on chemical disarmament and the future of international security.


Donnerstag, 05. Oktober 2023

16:00 Arrival and Registration
17:00 Welcome Remarks Bretislav FRIEDRICH
17:10 Opening Remarks Bonnie JENKINS, Under Secretary
17:20 Opening Remarks Susanne RIEGRAF, Deputy Commissioner
17:30 Q & A for Amb. Joseph Manso and Deputy Commissioner Susanne Riegraf

17:40 Introduction of Keynote Speaker WALKER, Paul
18:00 Keynote Address ÜZÜMCÜ, Amb. Ahmet
18:50 Q & A for Ahmet Üzümcü

19:00 Reception

Freitag, 06. Oktober 2023

Panel 1: Challenges to the CWC, Chair: Paul Walker
09:30 KORNELLY, Irene
09:45 MANSO, Amb. Joseph
10:00 SCHIEB, Amb. Thomas
10:15 MCLEISH, Caitriona
10:30 Panel Discussion 1: Challenges to the CWC

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

Panel 2: Abolition of Chemical Weapons – How Far We’ve Come, Chair: Ulf Schmidt
11:30 BALMER, Brian
11:45 KLEIN WALKER, Deborah
12:00 TRAPP, Ralf
12:15 ZANDERS, Jean Pascal
12:30 Panel Discussion 2: Abolition of Chemical Weapons – How Far We’ve Come

13:00–14:00 Break

Panel 3: Three Decades Later – Next Steps, Chair: Ulf Schmidt
14:00 MORENO, Jonathan
14:12 CROWLEY, Michael
14:24 KARIMVAHED, Homeyra
14:36 SHEFF, Lincoln
14:48 HOBSON, Tom
15:00 Panel Discussion 3: Three Decades Later – Next Steps

15:30–16:00 Coffee Break

Panel 4: The CWC – Model for WMD Abolition? Chair: Bretislav Friedrich
16:00 PEACE, David
16:12 GHIONIS, Alexander
16:24 DANDO, Malcolm
16:36 KELLE, Alexander
16:48 SCHMIDT-MAI, Katja
17:00 Panel Discussion 4: The CWC – Model for WMD Abolition?

17:30–18:00 Wrap-up Panel: Bretislav Friedrich, Ulf Schmidt, Paul Walker

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