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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

From Ypres to Damascus: The Quest for Global Abolition of Chemical Weapons

BICC, ZEF, the Right Livelihood College (RLC) Campus Bonn and the United Nations University cordially invite to a lecture of Dr. Paul F. Walker, Director, Environmental Security and Sustainability Green Cross International, Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award 2013, on 9 April 2014, 18:00 hrs, at ZEF in Bonn.

Since the first major use of deadly chemical weapons in World War I, almost a century ago now, the world has sought to ban these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction. With the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1997, eight countries have declared chemical weapons stockpiles totaling over 72,000 metric tons. Syria's accession to the CWC in 2013 makes it the 190th country to join the abolition regime, with just six countries remaining outside the regime today. 

The presentation of Paul F. Walker will discuss the many challenges in safely eliminating chemical weapons stockpiles, as well as the progress to date in destroying over 58,000 metric tons of chemical agents in the US, Russia, and elsewhere. Syria's ongoing removal of its declared chemical stockpile will be discussed, along with implications for global arms control regimes. 

Chair: Prof. Conrad Schetter, BICC

Time and place: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. —7:30 p.m. at ZEF (ground floor conference room)

A wine reception is held after the event. 

The lecture is part of the joint seminar series “Risk and Uncertainty” by BICC, ZEF and UNU.

Invitation (in German, pdf)