Syria’s Chemical Demilitarization: Progress, Challenges, and Lessons

Monday, May 19, 2014, 17:00-19:00, WMO Building, 7 bis avenue de la Paix, 2d floor, Vieira de Mello auditorium: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Paul F. Walker, Amb. Serguei BastanovDr. Ralf Trapp, and Dr. Jean Pascal Zanders preceded by a few introductory remarks by Dr. Alexander Likhotal, Green Cross International President, will be organized by Green Cross International, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition.

Syria’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in September, 2013 made it the 190th State Party to the Convention with only a few countries now remaining outside the treaty regime. This historic event, which occurred under very special circumstances, set in motion the unprecedented international efforts under the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations with the view of dismantling the CW program, including elimination of stockpiles, production facilities, and weapon systems – in the hostile and dangerous environment of a fierce civil war. Since January 2014 over 90% of Syria’s declared chemical agents have been either destroyed in-country or shipped out of Syria for destruction on board the MV Cape Ray in the Mediterranean and at facilities in Germany, Finland, the UK, and the US. This panel of experts will review the history of this process, missed deadlines, current progress, ongoing challenges, allegations of use of chemicals in warfare, and implications for the Syrian civil war.

Seating is limited and reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Carole Apotheloz by COB Friday, May 16th.