The CWC bans the production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer and use of chemical weapons. Each State Party undertakes to destroy the chemical weapons and any chemical weapons production facilities it owns or possesses. The CWC penalizes countries that do not join by inhibiting their access to certain treaty-controlled chemicals. The CWC regime monitors commercial facilities that produce, process or consume dual-use chemicals to ensure they are not diverted for prohibited purposes.
The CWC entered into force April 29, 1997. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the Netherlands, is responsible for implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
A chronological listing of major events and developoments.
Primary documents, including treaty text and associated memoranda, statements and other related material.
Chronological archive of news reports, factsheets, announcements, speeches and other related material.
Related Web Sites
- Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
- Chemical Weapons Convention @ ACDA
- U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command
- US Army Chemical Warfare/Chemical and Biological Defense Information Analysis Center (CBIAC) operated by Battelle
- Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization
- Verifin - Finnish Institute for Verication of the Chemical Weapons Convention
- Chemical Weapons Working Group
- The Henry L. Stimson Center Web on chemical disarmament
- CBW project @ SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
- Pugwash Study Group on Implementation of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions
- The Harvard Sussex Program
- Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) @ Navy Arms Control Homepage
- Chemical Warfare Agents @ Mitretek Systems
- The Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute [brochureware]
- Gopher on CW @ Physicians for Human Rights [a few articles]
- CBW Project @ The Monterey Center for Non-Proliferation Studies [brochureware]