Chemical Weapons Protection Course Held in Pakistan

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)An advanced course on assistance and protection against chemical weapons was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from October 27-31, 2014.

The course was jointly organized by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Pakistan’s Defence Science & Technology Organization (DESTO) Chem-Bio Defence Cell.

It was the second of a series of three courses for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries using the OPCW’s new approach of conducting complete training cycle programs in a given calendar year.

SAARC membership is comprised of the following countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

The course is designed to build capacity in assistance and protection against chemical weapons. It offered advanced training in:

  • Use of protective equipment
  • Monitoring and detection of threats
  • Decontamination operations
  • Responding to CWA and toxic industrial chemical incidents

The training events are conducted under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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