August 21, 2019

Slovenia Contributes €20,000 to Support OPCW Activities

Slovenia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Sanja Štiglic and H.E. Fernando Arias, OPCW Director General. The Government of Slovenia has contributed €20,000 to support significant projects and activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The donation was formalized last May at the Organization’s Headquarters in The Hague at a ceremony involving the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and Slovenia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Sanja Štiglic.

Slovenia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Sanja Štiglic.

Ambassador Štiglic, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, announced the decision to contribute €20,000 and remarked: “Slovenia strongly supports the OPCW’s activities aiming for the goal of a world free of chemical weapons and the threat of their use. This includes investigating and attributing responsibility for documented use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as increasing training and capacity building capabilities offered to States Parties through the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology.”

Director-General Arias stated: “I wish to express my sincere thanks to the government of Slovenia for this contribution. Without the continued support of all the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW would not be able to carry out its important work around the world.”

Slovenia contributed €10,000 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.

Slovenia contributed another €10,000 toward the Trust Fund for Syria Missions for the OPCW to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic.

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