King opens ChemTech Center of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
News Release | 19-04-2023 | 10:00
King opens ChemTech Center of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons | News Release | The Royal Family
His Majesty the King will open the Chemistry and Technology Center, the ChemTech Center, of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Pijnacker-Nootdorp on Friday afternoon, May 12. The OPCW is committed to a world free of chemical weapons and their threat and in which chemistry is used exclusively for peaceful purposes. In 2013, the OPCW received the Nobel Peace Prize. It is headquartered in The Hague.
Rapid developments in science and technology are creating new threats to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The ChemTech center enhances the OPCW’s ability to conduct research and analysis to maintain inspection capabilities in the changing chemical landscape. In addition, the new center provides training facilities for OPCW and member state experts and is a platform for knowledge exchange on peaceful uses of chemistry. The construction of the ChemTech Center was made possible by donations from 56 countries, including the Netherlands and the European Union. In addition to a laboratory, the new building also houses a logistics center.
After the opening, the King will be given a tour of the center and speak with ambassadors about the importance of the OPCW and with staff members about their work.