OPCW

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.