November 21, 2019

President of Poland Visits OPCW

OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda, meeting at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 30 October 2019 — The Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.

The Director-General briefed the President on the progress of the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Their discussions focused on the OPCW’s efforts to not only ensure the total and permanent elimination of all chemical weapons, but also to promote scientific advances for peaceful purposes. Both sides agreed on the necessity to support capacity-building initiatives and to strive for transparency and cooperation.

The President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda, OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and Ms Odette Melono, Deputy Director General at OPCW.

President Duda remarked: “I wish to congratulate the Director-General and the OPCW staff on their commitment and dedication in striving for a world free from chemical weapons. Poland will continue to support strongly the OPCW and the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, recognising current and new threats and challenges related to the use and re-emergence of chemical weapons.”

Director-General Arias stated: “Poland has my sincere gratitude for its commitment to the Convention and its continued support for the Organisation, including our new Centre for Chemistry and Technology. We look forward to our continued cooperation to ensure chemical weapons are eliminated and that chemistry is used for exclusively peaceful purposes.”

The Ambassador of Poland, H.E. Mr. dr Marcin Piotr Czepelak, the President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General OPCW and Ms Odette Melono, OPCW Deputy Director General, with colleagues during the president of Poland visit to the OPCW in The Hague.

Following Poland’s €100,000 contribution to the new OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology project last year, the Director-General provided a status update on the project, emphasising its importance in strengthening technological development and fostering peaceful uses of chemistry.

Pictures by OPCW

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