July 20, 2019

South Korea Contributes $150,000 to Support OPCW Activities

In the picture OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Republic of Korea’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Yun-young Lee.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 24 June 2019 — The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed $150,000 to support a number of projects and activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The contribution was formalised today at the Organisation’s Headquarters in The Hague at a ceremony involving the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Republic of Korea’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Yun-young Lee.

The Republic of Korea contributed $70,000 to a special OPCW Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, which will meet the demands of OPCW States Parties for enhanced verification tools, improved detection capabilities and response measures, as well as increased capacity-building activities.

H.E. Yun Young Lee, Ambassador of Korea.

In addition, $80,000 will augment the OPCW’s Trust Fund for Regional Seminars to help run eight workshops on the peaceful development and use of chemistry for OPCW Member States in the Asian region, to be held in Seoul in 2019.

Director-General Arias stated: “The Government of the Republic of Korea has my sincere thanks for its contributions. This funding will help bolster the OPCW’s ability to respond to new and emerging chemical weapons threats around the world, and support the peaceful use of chemistry in Asia.”

Ambassador Lee, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, announced the decision to contribute $150,000 to support OPCW activities and remarked: “Faced by newly emerging threats, the OPCW needs to adapt itself to the rapid advancement of science and technology, and upgrading the current laboratory is instrumental in achieving this goal. The Republic of Korea was the first State Party to make financial contributions to this important undertaking last year and is proud to contribute once again.

“Supporting the work of the OPCW in the fields of chemical safety and security has been a key policy priority of the Republic of Korea. We hope that the 8th Seoul Workshop this year will further contribute to raising awareness and building capacity of Asian Member States in these areas.“

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