New meeting between the participating States of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

The European Union and the 38 participating States of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons met in New York on 19 October alongside the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

Since 2012, the use of chemical weapons has been on the increase by the Syrian army in Syria, by Daesh in Syria and Iraq, by North Korea in Malaysia in February 2017 and, most probably, by Russia in the United Kingdom in 2018.

On 23 January 2018, France launched the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, whose membership currently comprises 38 States and the European Union.

Their goal is to reiterate the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons by publishing the names of all parties involved in using or developing such weapons on the Partnership’s website.

There are now over 200 names on the Partnership’s website.

The participating States convened in New York on 19 October to set out the action required to strengthen the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, which is responsible for enforcing the prohibition on the use of these weapons.

They agreed that it is essential to strengthen the Organisation so that it has all the necessary means to fulfil its mandate, and will reconvene in Paris on 8 and 9 November.