Kazakhstan Presented the Biosafety Initiative at the OPCW Conference

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The Ambassador of Republic of Kazakhstan in the Kingdom of Netherlands, Askar Zhumagaliyev, has attended the Fifth Session of the Review Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (RC-5) that was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 15-19 of May, DKNews.kz reports.

The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons serves as the global institution responsible for enforcing the Chemical Weapons Convention. It has the crucial role of supervising the worldwide effort to eradicate chemical weapons permanently. Every 5 years it holds the Review Conference, where all state members assemble to review the Chemical Weapons Convention. Thus, the Conference examines the Convention’s implementation status and establishes new priorities for OPCW.

The Ambassador has joined many discussions on the latest scientific developments in the field, the issues of promoting international security, and ensuring safe production and secure use of chemicals. 

Following the review conference, the OPCW announced that as of April 30, 99.82% of the global chemical arsenal has been destroyed and the organization is actively working to achieve 100%. The representation of Kazakhstan, represented by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands Askar Zhumagaliyev, expressed the readiness of our country to cooperate with members of the CWC on the issue of chemical weapons. 

On the basis of OPCW, meetings were held with a number of foreign delegations. They were informed about the interim results and future actions to promote the initiative of the head of our state, to create an International Biosafety Agency. The interlocutors emphasized the significance of this initiative and expressed their support. 

Additionally, the Ambassador has recently attended the inauguration of the new Center for Chemistry and Technology of OPCW. The ceremony was led by His Majesty the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander. The Ambassador Zhumagaliyev, along with other high-level dignitaries of State Parties of Chemical Weapons Convention, has been invited to tour the new building. The Center is an important addition for the OPCW, allowing it to effectively respond to the changing global security environment and support Member States in upholding the worldwide standard against chemical weapons.

In general, the participation of the delegation made it possible to outline Kazakhstan’s positions on key items of the OPCW agenda and to obtain up-to-date information on significant trends in the field of chemical disarmament.

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