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

April 9, 2014 | 18:00 h - 19:30 h

The Center for Development Research (ZEF), the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Bonn jointly organize a seminar series on Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development. The next lecture will be held by Ph.D. Paul F. Walker, Director, <link http: _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>Environmental Security and Sustainability Green Cross International, Laureate of the <link http: walker.html _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>Right Livelihood Award 2013. 

Venue: ZEF's conference room, Walter-Flex-Straße 3

Abstract of lecture: 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.  This presentation 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.


Please find the CV of Paul F. Walker at <link http: walker.html>


Dr. Till Stellmacher


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