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Twenty-First Session of the Conference of the States Parties
to the Chemical Weapons Convention
Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December 2016
World Forum, Churchillplein 10, 2517 JW, The Hague, the Netherlands
The Conference of the States Parties consists of all 192 members of the OPCW.
As the ‘principal organ of the Organisation’, it has the general power to oversee the implementation of the Convention, and to act to promote the object and purpose of the Convention.
The Conference of the States Parties oversees the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, promotes the treaty’s objectives and reviews compliance with the treaty. The Conference is composed of representatives of all Member States of the OPCW, each of which has one vote. The CSP meets annually for one week in The Hague.
Read more about the details of how the CSP functions, current officers, rules of procedures here [PDF – 1.22 MB].
Twenty-First Session Information:
The Conference of the States Parties (CSP) to the Chemical Weapons Convention will hold its Twenty-First Session (CSP-21) from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2016 at the World Forum (Churchillplein 10, The Hague) located next to OPCW Headquarters. Additional meetings and functions may be held at OPCW Headquarters.
The CSP-21 will open on Monday 28 November 2016 at 10:00 in the King Willem Alexander Theatre at the World Forum. Participants and attendees are requested to be seated by 09:45.
The information contained in this website can also be found in the CSP-21 booklet here [PDF – 671KB]
In accordance with Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of the States Parties (hereinafter “the Conference”), the Director-General hereby submits to Member States the provisional agenda for the Twenty-First Session of the Conference, which was drawn up by the Executive Council at its Eighty-Second Session.
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This section will include all official conference documents as well as statements from States Parties, Signatory States, and others who addressed the Conference.
Documents will be added after they are approved for publication to the website.
Delegations of all States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention are entitled to take part in all proceedings of the Conference, including the adoption of decisions, and to deliver statements. States Parties are requested to register and submit credentials in advance.
Media organisations wishing to report from the Conference must accredit their representatives. One month before the Twenty First Session opens, the Secretariat will issue a media advisory setting out the procedures for accreditation.
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A list of useful contacts for members of the Technical Secretariat, sorted by category.
2517 JW The Hague
Telephone: +31 (0)70 306 63
Fax +31 (0)70 306 64 43
28 November – 2 December 2016
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force in 1997. As of today OPCW has 192 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world permanently free of chemical weapons.