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UNODA Occasional Papers No.8: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regimes, September 2004

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Chemical weapons

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is by far the most complete architecture for a WMD disarmament regime because it leads to the elimination of a whole category of WMD and because of its comprehensive and robust verification system. Several countries have reported their possession of CW, or the existence of CW left on their territories by former enemies, and are in the process of dismantling these stocks. The CWC also obliges member states not to contribute to the spread of CW agents. The treaty organization, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), is undertaking verification and demilitarization (of chemical weapons) activities vigorously. CWC serves as a very solid foundation for more intense international cooperation in the area of chemical weapons with a view to blocking their access to terrorists. The OPCW and its member states, after 11 September 2001, have initiated activities to achieve this objective. This important regime must be strengthened and fully utilized.

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