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Czech Republic Contributes to OPCW

Czech Republic Contributes CZK 500,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

In the picture, the Permanent Representative of Czech Republic to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Ms. Kateřina Sequensová and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias.

The Hague, Netherlands —06 December 2019 — The Government of the Czech Republic has contributed CZK 500,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (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, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”).

The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of Czech Republic to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Kateřina Sequensová.

The Permanent Representative of Czech Republic to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Kateřina Sequensová and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias during the ceremony.

The Director-General expressed: “I thank the Government of the Czech Republic for this major contribution to the new OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology that will further build the capabilities of our Member States to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.”

Ambassador Sequensová remarked: “The Czech Republic is a staunch supporter of the OPCW and its indispensable work towards a world free of chemical weapons. We are, therefore, very pleased to be able to contribute to the ChemTech Centre project which is crucial for ensuring that the OPCW has the capability to keep pace with the latest developments in science and technology and new chemical weapons threats.’’

Director-General Arias appealed to all OPCW States Parties in a position to make voluntary contributions to do so. He further emphasised the important role the new ChemTech Centre will play in strengthening the OPCW’s ability to address chemical weapon threats, boost its investigative capability, and enhance capacity building activities. He highlighted that “all contributions, regardless of size, are greatly appreciated”.

So far, twenty-five States Parties and the European Union have contributed or pledged to contribute financially to the project, and a considerable amount has been raised to date.

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