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Reinforcing the Norm Against Chemical Weapons: The April 20-22 Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention
At the second session of the 25th Conference of States Parties held in The Hague last month, the member states took several important steps to reinforce the norm against chemical weapons use and to hold Chemical Weapons Convention violators accountable. Foremost among these was the decision to suspend the rights and privileges of Syria under the Convention.

The Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition, in cooperation with the Arms Control Association, will host a briefing to review the results and implications of the 25th Conference of States Parties for the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the CWC regime.

Opening Remarks: H.E. Fernando Arias, Director-General of the OPCW

Panelists:
- Amb. Lisa Helfand, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OPCW (confirmed)
- Amb. Gudrun Lingner, Permanent Representative of Germany to the OPCW
- Dr. Jean Pascal Zanders, independent disarmament and security researcher at The Trench
- Dr. Paul Walker, moderator, Coordinator, Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition

A question and answer session will follow the panel. To submit a question ahead of the event, email Leanne Quinn at lquinn@armscontrol.org.

This event is open to the press and is on the record.

May 10, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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