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Deadly gas leak in India, grim wake-up call for global chemical industry: UN rights expert

Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors the issue, said on Thursday.

News in Brief 14 May 2020

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  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today warned that progress made in eliminating the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East.

Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff

Medical staff and facilities in Syria’s Idlib governorate are “overwhelmed” and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Security Council condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

The Security Council today adopted a resolution strongly condemning the use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in Syria and stressing that those who use such weapons must be held accountable.

Removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material complete, announces OPCW-UN mission

The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced today that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete.

As Syria deadline nears, OPCW-UN mission focuses on swift removal of remaining chemicals

Given that the 30 June 2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme will not be met, the focus now is on the immediate removal of the remaining materials, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) said today.

Chemical watchdog announces probe into alleged chlorine gas attacks in Syria

The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said today it will seek to “establish the facts” surrounding allegations of the use of chlorine in Syria, where it is already working jointly with the United Nations to rid the country of its chemical weapons.

OPCW-UN mission reports further progress in eliminating Syria's chemical weapons

Syria has, as of 19 April, removed or destroyed in-country approximately 80 per cent of its chemical weapons material, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations announced today.

Deadline for removing Syria's chemical weapons will not be met, says OPCW-UN mission

The deadline set for the removal of the most critical chemical weapons material from Syria for destruction will not be met owing to technical difficulties, the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations said on Saturday.