Media Accreditation

CSP-22 Media Accreditation Closed

All accredited media representatives will require a conference badge to gain access to public Conference sessions and events, both at the World Forum and at OPCW Headquarters.

Badges will be issued, upon presentation of a valid ID, at the registration desk from 9:00 on Monday 27 November at the World Forum. Badges must be worn visibly at all times while on the Conference premises.

Media representatives are requested to take the seats located on the sides of the plenary hall. The central seats are reserved for States Party delegations.

Limited space for cameras and sound equipment (breakout sound boxes) will be provided in the plenary hall of the Conference. Should camera arrangements be needed at other times or locations during the Conference, media representatives are asked to contact OPCW Public Affairs.

Note: some States Parties may indicate that their National Statement is not public. Members of the media are asked to abide by this request.

Media representatives may request interviews by contacting OPCW Public Affairs and stating topics of interest.

The opening of the Conference on Monday 27 November at 10:00, followed by all public statements of the general debate will be webcast live on the OPCW website

States Parties are expected to discuss progress to date in verifying the destruction of chemical weapons by possessor States, the status of the Syrian chemical weapons programme, steps the OPCW needs to take to tackle the growing threat of use of such weapons, and the appointment of a new Director-General for the OPCW. States Parties will also adopt the 2018 programme and budget for the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat.


Monday 27 November
Statement by the Director-General and General Debate
This year’s Conference of State Parties will commence with an opening statement by the OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, who will review the Organisation’s progress in 2017, with special attention paid to OPCW’s work in Syria and Libya. The Director-General’s speech will be followed by General Debate, which includes statements by States Parties, Observers, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and representatives of chemical industry and the scientific community.
Depending on the length of statements, the general debate may extend until Wednesday afternoon.

The OPCW-The Hague Award Ceremony
A ceremony to honour the winners of the 2017 OPCW-The Hague Award will be held from 17:00–18:00 in the main plenary hall of the CSP at the World Forum. The Award is part of the legacy from the OPCW’s 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace and it seeks to recognises individuals or institutions that have made exceptional contributions toward a world permanently free of chemical weapons.

The two winners for this year are the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism based in Algiers, Algeria and the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe Events of the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy. These two trend-setting institutions are working to ensuring a chemical weapons-free world in the new security environment. Both awardees have also been addressing the threat of chemical terrorism, the ways to mitigate these risks and the need for further international cooperation.

Director-General’s Reception
All accredited media representatives are invited to the Director-General’s reception at 18:00-20:00 in the Delegates Lounge, OPCW Headquarters.

Tuesday 28 November

Russian Federation Commemoration Plaque Ceremony
A plaque commemorating the complete destruction of the Russian Federation’s chemical weapons stockpiles will be unveiled at OPCW Headquarters at a ceremony taking place from 14:30-15:00. Remarks will be made by the Head of the Russian National Authority, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Georgy Kalamanov and by the Director-General of the OPCW.

Note: Media representatives wishing to cover the event should ensure enough time to have equipment screened by OPCW security.

Thursday 30 November

Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare
A tribute event for all victims of chemical warfare will be held from 9:00-10:00 in the Ieper Room, OPCW Headquarters. Officials representing the City of The Hague and the OPCW will provide brief remarks followed by a wreath-laying at the memorial site in the OPCW garden.

Note: Media representatives wishing to cover the event should ensure enough time to have equipment screened by OPCW security.

Appointment of Next OPCW Director-General
The Conference of the States Parties is anticipated to appoint the next OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Fernando Arias of Spain, at 15:00. Ambassador Arias will assume office on 25 July 2018.


Side Events

States Parties, International Organisations, NGOs and OPCW’s Technical Secretariat will organise a wide variety of side events that showcase success stories, highlight important issues, provide trainings in advanced techniques in verification, and spotlight challenges due to emerging technologies.

Throughout the Conference, media representatives are invited to visit the Exhibits at the World Forum sponsored by States Parties, NGOs and the OPCW Technical Secretariat. These exhibits offer insights into various issues connected to CWC implementation.