Press Release: Central Act for the 20th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Cuba

Today 28th April, the Central Act for the 20th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention took place in Havana, Cuba, at the headquarters of the Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU).

Cuba - Central Act for the 20th Anniversary of the OPCWThe solemn ceremony was organised by the Cuban National Authority for the implementation of the Convention and was chaired by José Fidel Santana Núñez, Vice-Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), Fermín Quiñones Sánchez, Director General of ACNU, and Alba Guillén Campos, representative of the Director General of the Office of Environmental Regulation and Nuclear Safety.

During the event, presentations were made on the importance of the Convention as a reference within the international disarmament structure, the characteristics and evolution of Cuban national implementation, the achievements of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the decisive role to be played by international cooperation within its future priorities.

The national celebration, after twenty years of coordinated work between the National Authority and all institutions, was a favourable occasion to recognise individuals and institutions for their contributions to Cuba’s strict compliance with the obligations of the Convention.

In his closing remarks, Vice-Minister José Fidel Santana reaffirmed Cuban commitment to general and complete disarmament and the elimination of all weapons of mass extermination, the preservation of the environment and renewal of Cuba’s offer to cooperate with other States Parties that request it to share experience in the implementation process of the Convention.

Havana, April 28th 2017