Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Weapons

Let us pledge to promote the progress, making all possible to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons and the universalization of the Chemical Weapons Convention and its implementation worldwide.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of chemical weapons (Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare) is celebrated since 2006. A year earlier, was X Conference of States — Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. Delegates agreed to establish a new international day for him and chose the date — 29 April. On this day in 1997 the Convention entered into force.

Celebrate this day, the states — members of the United Nations reaffirm their commitment to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The main task of the OPCW — watch how the process of destruction of chemical weapons in the world, and to take steps to ensure that it is no longer produced. In addition, the organization provides assistance to States that are subject to the threat of use of chemical weapons and encourage international cooperation in the peaceful development of chemistry.

Activities of the OPCW actively deployed in many countries around the world. Already 137 countries — Parties reported on the legislative and administrative measures in this area. Meanwhile, work continues. Six countries, including the Russian Federation, the United States, India, in the coming years to 8.67 million units to destroy chemical weapons, which contain more than 70,000 tons of chemical agents. Nearly 50,000 tons of such substances have been destroyed — more than 60 per cent of the world's stockpiles of chemical weapons.