Morocco elected to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Morocco was elected as a member of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), for the period from May 2023 to May 2025, during the 27th session of the Conference of States Parties of the OPCW , which takes place from November 28 to December 2 in The Hague.

During this session, the delegation of the Kingdom, composed of members of the national departments involved in the implementation of the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons, was chaired by the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the OPCW , Mohamed Basri.

Among the items on the agenda for this session are, in particular, the monitoring of the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, including through the various capacity-building programs of the Member States, the biennial program budget of the Organization, for the year 2023-2024, of the completion of the process of destruction of declared stockpiles of chemical weapons and measures for the fight against the re-emergence of the chemical threat.

Within the framework of the general debate, the Permanent Representative of Morocco reiterated the position of principle and the strong attachment of the Kingdom to the objectives of disarmament, non-proliferation and the fight against weapons of mass destruction, while reaffirming the unwavering support fails to meet the objectives of the Convention.

Regarding the strengthening of cooperation between the OPCW and Africa, Basri highlighted the importance of South-South cooperation, active and active, which takes into account the specific realities of each State Party and each sub -region.

In this sense, he reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to optimizing collaboration between African member countries, in particular through the organization of training at the regional level, aimed at capacity building and the sharing of good practices in matter, while highlighting the training and exercises recently organized in Morocco, in favor of African States Parties.

Morocco’s election for a new term on the Executive Council of the OPCW, for the period 2023-2025, testifies to the confidence of the States Parties in the Kingdom, in view of its continued commitment to the noble objectives of Convention, capable of contributing to the advent of a world free of chemical weapons.

With its 193 member countries, the OPCW oversees the international community’s efforts to eliminate chemical weapons forever. Since the entry into force of the Convention in 1997, which is the most effective disarmament treaty, eliminating an entire category of weapons of mass destruction, 99% of all declared stockpiles of chemical weapons have been destroyed under verification of the OPCW. The “considerable” efforts of this Organization in the elimination of chemical weapons earned it the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

Morocco signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in January 1993 and ratified it in December 1995. Since then, the Kingdom, which has never been a possessor of chemical weapons, has fulfilled all its obligations to under the Convention, while remaining a fervent defender of the use of chemistry for peaceful purposes.

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