ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has long supported the non-proliferation of chemical weapons and the demilitarization of their stockpiles and destruction facilities. These two areas reflect the mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which will be awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10 “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.”
Sixteen years after the independent, autonomous international organization based in The Hague, The Netherlands, administered the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, 190 member states have ratified the treaty, including the newly joined Syrian Arab Republic on Oct. 14, 2013. The CWC is an arms control agreement that outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. The OPCW also has a working relationship with the United Nations to promote peace, disarmament and international cooperation; and ECBC has supported these efforts in significant ways.