Dutch authorities brief world chemical weapons watchdog on alleged Russian cyber attack

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday, over allegations that a cyber attack was being plotted in April, against the headquarters of the OPCW, orchestrated by Russia.

Security Council must work towards ‘common approach’ as investigations continue into alleged Syria chemical attack

Experts continue to gather information related to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, earlier this year, the UN’s nuclear disarmament chief told the Security Council on Thursday. 

UN chemical weapons watchdog adds new powers to assign blame, following attacks

The United Nations chemical weapons watchdog voted in favour of a United Kingdom-led proposal on Wednesday, allocating itself new powers to assign blame for attacks.

Syria: UN-backed watchdog says chemical weapon ‘likely used’ in February attack

Deadly chlorine gas was likely used in an attack that took place in a Syrian town in rebel-held Idlib last February, said the United Nations-backed chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday.

News In Brief 10 April 2018

  • Guterres renews call for UN Security Council unity over Syria
  • Aid agencies, including UNHCR, respond to uptick in Syria clashes
  • Detention “horror” uncovered by UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR)
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News In Brief 05 February 2018

  • Further proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with “meaningful response”: UN Disarmament Affairs chief
  • “Human cost” of prolonged crisis in Libya highlighted in $313 million appeal
  • World’s poorest countries need faster growth to reach SDGs: UNCTAD
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News in Brief 13 April 2017 (PM)

Use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun “credible allegation”

The use of chemical weapons during an attack on Khan Shaykhun in Syria on 4 April is a “credible allegation,” the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday.

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News in Brief 04 April 2017 (PM)

UN chief “deeply disturbed” by reports of chemical weapons use in Syria

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Ban lauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to international chemical watchdog

Hailing its work on disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.