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MALAYSIA TO CO-HOST WITH THE ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS (OPCW) AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP NAMELY “THE ROLE OF IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION ON THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION IN ADDRESSING THREATS ARISING FROM NON-STATE ACTORS” FROM 9-11 APRIL 2019, KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia is co-hosting with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) an international workshop namely ‘The Role of Implementing Legislation on the Chemical Weapons Convention in Addressing Threats Arising from Non-State Actors” from 9-11 April 2019 at JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The closing ceremony and the handing-over of certificates to the participants would be officiated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Marzuki Yahya.
Malaysia was chosen to co-host this first ever workshop for the Asian region after a similar event was hosted in Abuja, Nigeria for the African region in October 2018. Malaysia's selection as a host is seen as a recognition of its strong commitment to the objectives of the Chemical Weapons Convention and its active participation and partnership with OPCW in establishing a world free of chemical weapons. In 2017, Malaysia has also successfully organized a forum with the OPCW for the Asian region in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the OPCW.
As many as 32 international participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, and many more participate in the workshop with 15 local participants from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Royal Malaysian Police, National Security Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and Department of Chemistry. The workshop is joined by 7 international speakers from various international organisation including local speakers from Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The main purpose of the Workshop is to further enhance the understanding and capacity of States Parties in addressing threats arising from non-State actors, including chemical terrorism, through their CWC-related national legislation and legal framework. The Workshop also aims to raise the awareness of relevant stakeholders on their respective roles in the implementation of national legislation for it to serve as an effective tool in addressing threats and to identify modalities for enhancing cooperation in the implementation of the CWC.
11 APRIL 2019