The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) entered into force on 29 April 1997. It prohibits the development, production, possession, transfer and use of chemical weapons and has brought about a ban under international law of an entire category of weapons.
In today’s globalised world, infectious pathogens can spread like wildfire, endangering the stability of entire societies. Germany is thus strengthening biosecurity in many partner countries, for example, with a mobile lab in Tunisia.
The international community needs a neutral institution that can conduct enquiries into attacks involving chemical weapons. Why the independent OPCW must also be responsible for attributing attacks.
Reports have been circulating in social media that a Swiss laboratory has detected a toxin other than Novichok in Salisbury. This claim is demonstrably false.
Bacteria and viruses do not stop at frontiers: Germany is helping the G5 countries Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Chad mitigate biological risks across borders.