The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an "intergovernmental organisation, located in "The Hague, "Netherlands. The organisation promotes and verifies the adherence to the "Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the use of "chemical weapons and requires their destruction. The organization was established on 29 April 1997, upon the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The verification consists both of evaluation of declarations by member states and on-site inspections. The principal body of the organization is the "conference of states parties", which normally is convened yearly. The Executive Council is the executive organ of the organisation and consists of 41 States Parties. The "Technical Secretariat" applies most of the activities mandated by the Council and is the body where most of the employees of the organisation work. "Ahmet Üzümcü is Director-General of the OPCW.
All "190 parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention are automatically members of the OPCW. Non-members are Israel and Myanmar, which are signatory states that have not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan, which have neither signed nor acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
OPCW Director-General "Ahmet Üzümcü told reporters that he hoped his organisation's work would help "to achieve peace in that country [Syria] and end the suffering of its people."
"United Nations Secretary General "Ban Ki-moon congratulated the organisation's work.
"USA Today quoted a London-based Syrian opposition activist who doubted Syrian people would be celebrating the award. Similarly, a spokesperson for the "Syrian National Coalition labelled the prize "ironic".
Pakistani politician "Imran Khan called on the USA and Russia to destroy their own chemical weapons.
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