7 September 2023
The conference "30 Years of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): Histories, Achievements, Challenges" will take place on the 5th and 6th of October 2023 at the Harnack-Haus in Berlin. It is supported by the Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Centre for the Study for Health, Ethics, and Society, University of Hamburg, and the CWC Coalition of the Arms Control Association.
As the world remembers the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993 in Paris, this conference provides an opportune moment for the treaty’s stakeholders to converge and evaluate the progress achieved so far in implementing it. Notably, September 30, 2023 marks the projected deadline for the elimination of all declared chemical arsenals by the parties to the CWC treaty.
The conference will offer a comprehensive view of the history, achievements, and evolving challenges of the CWC over the past three decades. Participants will engage in critical discussions regarding the realignment of the world in the face of a changing geopolitical and security landscape.
Co-organised by Prof. Dr. Ulf Schmidt (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Bretislav Friedrich (Max-Planck-Institute), and Dr. Paul Walker (Green Cross International), the conference will be leading discussion panels on the topic of abolition and the future of chemical weapons. Prof. Jonathan Moreno and Dr. David Peace, both Centre for the Study of Health, Ethics, and Society (CHES), will also present at the conference on subjects related to bioethics and health diplomacy.
Please visit the conference website for further programme details.
Registration is open until the 30th of September 2023 via the registration portal.