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The Nobel Peace Prize goes to the watchdog on chemical weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its work to rid the world of such weapons. The OPCW was thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks when it was asked to oversee the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, but it has been working since the 1990s as the body that implements the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons. The convention prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons. It came into force in 1997 and has been ratified by 189 states.
(Photo - Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General, Ahmet Uzumcu, leaves the podium after a press conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, 11 October 2013, after the organization won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 EPA/BAS CZERWINSKI.)


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