France contributes 1.2 million euros to future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (7 March 2019, The Hague) [fr]

France decided to contribute 1.2 million euros over three years to the Trust fund in order to support the project of a new Centre for Chemistry and Technology of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The donation was formalised by H.E Mr Philippe Lalliot, Ambassador of France and Permanent Representative to the OPCW, when received by the OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague, on March 7 2019.

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Philippe Lalliot et Fernando Arias

The Ambassador stated: "OPCW is, in our view, a central actor in the chemical non-proliferation regime. This new Center, including a very modern and secure laboratory, will enhance the system of prevention, identification and response of the OPCW and its member States. It will provide the States Parties with an instrument to enhance international cooperation, including with a training platform to strengthen capacity-building for States Parties. It will contribute to strengthening our collective security."

Director-General Arias stated: “I want to express my deep gratitude to the Government of France for its generous support. This contribution brings us one step closer to realising this important project. The new Centre will strengthen the OPCW’s scientific and technological ability to comprehensively address the threat of chemical weapons and support capacity building in our Member States.”

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