MAY 23rd, 2017

Side Event

  @ SICC 2017

"Twenty years after the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention: looking back and looking forward"

Amb. Ahmet Üzümcü, DG of the OPCW, Nobel Peace Prize 2013
Amb. Ahmet Üzümcü, DG of the OPCW, Nobel Peace Prize 2013

On the 23rd of May SICC 2017 will host the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as a side event of the conference. This special event is organized by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe Events of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the HESAR Association. This Side Event will take place in the same venue of the SICC 2017 Conference.

Please register to the Side Event using the Online Registration Form below

OPCW 20th Anniversary SIDE EVENT Pre-Annoucement
OPCW_Side Event_SICC 2017.pdf
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  • Date and Time: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 9:30 - 12:00
  • Venue: (same as the SICC 2017 Conference) Istituto Superiore Antincendi - National Fire Academy, Via del Commercio 13, 00154 Rome, Italy
  • Welcome Coffee
  • Opening
    • Keynote Speech by the Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the OPCW.
    • Welcome Address by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
  • Panel Discussion
    A round-table of internationally-known experts from diplomacy, academy and industry will discuss latest developments, achievements and challenges. Brief session of questions and answers will follow.

Please note that every participant that is registered to SICC 2017 Conference will also have access to the "OPCW 20th Anniversary" Side Event. Who wants only to attend the side event (but not the Conference) should use the online registration form available below. The Side Event is free of charge. However, online registration is mandatory to have access to the Side Event due to organizational and security reasons. Also, it is possible to buy a lunch ticket at Please register to SICC 2017 Conference (click here) if you want to participate at the SICC 2017 Conference activities, at the scientific sessions, at the industrial exhibition, and taking part in the social events, the gala dinner, and more . . . 

OPCW at-a-glance

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) comprehensively prohibits the use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons. Any chemical used for warfare is considered a chemical weapon by the Convention. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body of the CWC and oversees the global endeavour to permanently eliminate chemical weapons.

The Convention entered into force in 1997. With 192 countries obligating themselves to the CWC, it is the most successful disarmament treaty in existence, eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction. To date, over 93 per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor states have been destroyed under OPCW verification. For its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons, the OPCW received the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace.

The OPCW Director-General

Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü is Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a career diplomat with vast experience in multilateral diplomacy and disarmament and non-proliferation issues.

Prior to his appointment as Director-General of the OPCW in December 2009, he was Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in Geneva, where he chaired the Conference on Disarmament in March 2008.

Ambassador Üzümcü has also served as Deputy Undersecretary of State for Bilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, as Turkey’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and as Ambassador of Turkey to Israel, in addition to earlier postings to NATO, Aleppo and Vienna.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Ankara University and speaks English and French fluently.

Ambassador Üzümcü received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the OPCW in December 2013.


If you have already registered to the SICC 2017 Conference you do not need to fill this form

If you want to take part to the other SICC 2017 Conference activities please visit the Registration Page. Do not miss the opportunity to join the scientific sessions, the social events, the gala dinner, and more.