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Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

30 November, 2021

Chemical weapons used during World War I (WWI) resulted in >100,000 deaths and a million casualties, but were fortunately not used on the European battlegrounds in WWII. Particularly with the threat of nuclear war, many countries had come to realise the significant threat to all of humankind from chemical weapons. Adopted in 1993, the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force on 29 April 1997 and determined, for the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons. The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, and to reaffirm the commitment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons and to the promotion of the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.

 

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