WWI, the first practical use of chemical weapons left devastating affects to the biological species. Then the advent of nuclear weapons in the Second World War led to the mass extinction of the human species. Power struggle has led countries to develop and expand their nuclear capabilities. There has been a lot of debate over the proliferation of chemical weapons in the past few years. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) represents almost 98% of the world population, it aims to develop and promote the implementation of measures to ensure the prevention and prohibition of the development, production and acquisition of the chemical weapons. Chemical warfare has now taken a new form i.e. chemical terrorism: non-state actors and other militant groups are now in a race to acquire chemical weapons.
Chemical weapons convention (CWC) obliges every member state to ensure that its chemical weapons are in its jurisdiction and will be used, only, for the peaceful purposes. Prevention of the expansion of chemical weapons is signified through the Culture of Responsible Chemistry (CRC). CRC aims to promote a transparent mechanism that ensures the non–proliferation and expansion of the chemical weapons among the countries. CRC operates in a one big sphere of OPCW, which encourages the cooperation among countries in peaceful uses of chemical weapons. CRC demands the protection against the chemical weapons, countries with the sense of responsibility are obliged to assist other states against the chemical weapons. International cooperation among countries to promote a culture of responsibility and peace lies in the ambit of CRC.
Pakistan House is making scholarly efforts to promote the Culture of Responsible Chemistry. Pakistan is a part of OPCW and with this acknowledgement Pakistan House is working on devising the strategies to prevent the re-emergence and proliferation of chemical weapons. Scientific efforts are being made to devise mechanisms for the prohibition of chemical weapons and responsible use of advances in chemistry.
- OFFICIAL POLICIES
- REPORT OF THE OPCW ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION ON THE PROHIBITION OF THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, STOCKPILING AND USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND ON THEIR DESTRUCTION IN 2016
- FACT SHEET 1: OPCW
ORIGIN OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION AND THE OPCW
- FACT SHEET 2: OPCW
THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION: A SYNOPSIS OF THE TEXT
- FACT SHEET 3: OPCW
THE STRUCTURE OF THE OPCW
- FACT SHEET 4: OPCW
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL WEAPON?
- FACT SHEET 5: OPCW
THREE TYPES OF INSPECTIONS
- FACT SHEET 6: OPCW
ELIMINATING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND CHEMICAL WEAPON PRODUCTION FACILITIES
- FACT SHEET 7: OPCW
MONITORING CHEMICALS WITH POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS APPLICATIONS
- FACT SHEET 8: OPCW
ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION AGAINST ATTACK WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS
- FACT SHEET 9: OPCW
PROMOTING ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CHEMISTRY
- FACT SHEET 10: OPCW
NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION
- FACT SHEET 11: OPCW
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
- CONVENTION ON THE PROHIBITION OF THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION,
STOCKPILING AND USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND ON THEIR DESTRUCTION: OPCW
- NEWS ARTICLES
- HOW TO CURB PRODUCTION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
- THE RETURN OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS?
- ‘WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY’ TO END THE CRIME OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE IN SYRIA, SAYS GUTERRES
- THE FUTURE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
- WHY ARE CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORSE THAN OTHER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
- THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION AFTER TEN YEARS: SUCCESSES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
- RESEARCH ARTICLES
- ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAINTAINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION (2002) JOHN GEE- PURE APPLIED CHEMISTRY VOL 74 ISSUE NO 12 PP 2229- 223