ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS (OPCW)

Chair: lane easterling


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 192 member states, originates from The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.

Topic B

Prevention of use in Modern Conflicts

Topic A

Regulation and Destruction of Current Stockpiles

 

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 190 (DOUBLE DELEGATION)


Learning goals

Delegates will...

  • Understand the function of the OPCW and the Chemical Weapons Convention;
  • Discuss issues surrounding the implementation and enforcement of the Convention in different contexts;
  • Comprehend the complexities of the use of chemical weapon in conflicts;
  • Discuss methods of preventing future use and punishing users;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual country’s policies surrounding production, stockpiling, and dismantling of chemical arsenals.

About the Chair

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Lane Easterling is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Middle East Studies and minoring in Arabic and Women’s and Gender Studies. He hails from the greatest city in America, Baltimore. He will talk your ear off about his study abroad in Amman, Jordan and loves to visit new places and try new foods. He has staffed NAIMUN for the past three years, all in GAs, and he is so excited for this year!