Nobel peace prize to OPCW

Stockholm: The daunting challenge of ridding the world of chemical weapons got a massive push with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – an international organization that has been working since 1997 to convince countries to give up chemical weapons besides checking and confirming the destruction of existing chemical weapons being awarded nobel peace prize of this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 has been awarded to the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons”.

“Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons,” the Nobel Committee statement notes. “Some states are still not members of the OPCW. Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons. This applies especially to the USA and Russia.”

The Nobel Committee said that by conferring the award on the OPCW it was upholding Alfred Nobel’s vision of disarmament.

Ahmet Uzumcu, the Director General of OPCW, called the award a “great honour” and a motivation to realise its mandate. There are 189 member states in OPCW. It claims that its mandate effectively covers 98 per cent of the world’s population.