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Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Chemical Weapons Convention)

Published April 29, 1997

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons states, “The CWC aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties. States Parties, in turn, must take the steps necessary to enforce that prohibition in respect of persons (natural or legal) within their jurisdiction.”

The Convention was approved on November 30, 1992, opened for signature on January 13, 1993, and entered in to force on April 29, 1997.