Video Gallery

The 20th Anniversary is a chance to convey information about the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as the OPCW’s mission and how it fulfils its mandate. The selection of videos featured are produced by the OPCW or, where noted, by others.

To find all of our videos, visit the OPCW YouTube page.


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a message of progress

A special 20th anniversary message from OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü reflecting on past accomplishments and the path ahead as the OPCW enters its third decade.

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OPCW 20 Moments Video

The 20th anniversary means opportunities to raise awareness about chemical weapons, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW for audiences around the world. Use this video loop freely, with appropriate attribution, during your 20th anniversary events to bring the anniversary to life. A downloadable version of this video can be found here.

OPCW 20th Anniversary Speeches

Videos of speeches made by dignitaries on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony of the OPCW and the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Ceremony was held on 26 April 2017 at the Ridderzaal in The Hague, the Netherlands.

OPCW Director-General Mr Ahmet Üzümcü
OPCW 20th Anniversary Ceremony speech by Director-General Mr Ahmet Üzümcü

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Mr Bert Koenders
OPCW 20th Anniversary Ceremony speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Mr Bert Koenders

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
OPCW 20th Anniversary Ceremony speech by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Mayor of The Hague Mrs Pauline Krikke
OPCW 20th Anniversary Ceremony speech by Mayor of The Hague Mrs Pauline Krikke

Chairperson of the CSP Dr Christoph Israng
OPCW 20th Anniversary Ceremony speech by Chairperson of the CSP Dr Christoph Israng


Getting to Know OPCW

This section features videos that showcase the day-to-day operations of the OPCW. Included is the OPCW’s introductory video that explains the role of the OPCW and charts the progress of the destruction of chemical weapons over the past 20 years as well as other videos that provide insight into various aspects of how the OPCW does its work.

OPCW: Our Mission, Our Work
This video offers an introduction to the work of the OPCW in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention and provides progress so far in achieving a world free of chemical weapons.

Behind the Scenes of an OPCW Inspection Mission: Preparation and Logistics
What goes in to preparing for an inspection mission at the OPCW? This video shows the logistical preparation that takes place to support a successful field mission.

OPCW Challenge Inspection Exercise 2011
A Challenge Inspection Exercise is held at OPCW HQ in The Hague and in an undisclosed location in Thailand from 31 October – 4 November 2011. This was the first Challenge Inspection exercise to be held in Asia.

OPCW Challenge Inspection Exercise 2007
The Netherlands hosts a Challenge Inspection exercise on 10 September 2007 in Delft to simulate a chemical weapons attack on a commercial chemical facility. The purpose of the exercise was to test the readiness of an OPCW inspection team to conduct a Challenge Inspection under the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

To simulate events surrounding a chemical weapon attack on a sports complex, Tunisia hosts OPCW’s Third Assistance and Protection Exercise (ASSISTEX 3) on 11 October 2010. The lessons learned and skills refined during this exercise and others have proven valuable for establishing OPCW’s crisis management best practices.

About the OPCW Laboratory
This video report by, an Italian news portal about the Netherlands, takes you behind the scenes with OPCW staff, explaining how samples taken during an inspection make it from the field to the laboratory for analysis. A tour of the equipment store demonstrates preparations for an inspection and provides an explanation of the tools inspectors use.

Behind the Scenes of the OPCW Chemical Testing Lab
This 2013 video report by the BBC explains how samples from Syria were collected and analysed at the OPCW laboratory.


Engaging with OPCW

Many different groups of people are essential to the success of the mission of the OPCW. The groups include representatives from governments, industry, civil society and the public. The videos in this section highlight how they interact with the OPCW and why such engagement is important.

#Catalyst for Peace
Sparked by the inaugural Women in Chemistry Symposium convened by the OPCW in May 2016, #Catalyst for Peace is a successful social media campaign that features the wide range of people from government, industry, academia and more who are essential to achieving a world where chemistry is used for peace, not war.

Welcome to the OPCW
OPCW welcomes the public to our headquarters every year for The Hague International Open Day near the end of September. In this video, visitors describe their impressions of the OPCW and its work.


Fires is a short documentary film project of the OPCW that deals with chemical weapons, past and present. These films show that the destructive impact of chemical weapons on human lives is very real, and that to build a peaceful future we must remember the events of the past. Each film has sub-titles from the six official OPCW languages.

A Teacher’s Mission
Chrétien Schouteten, a retired chemistry teacher, has spent most of his career being concerned about chemists’ responsibilities towards society. A scientist’s knowledge is a powerful tool that can serve many purposes, but what is the value of science to humanity without ethics?

Ich liebe Dich
Kayvan Mohammad vividly remembers the chemical weapons attack and aftermath in Halabja in 1988 . To this day, Kayvan is not only scarred emotionally but continues to suffer physically from the events. Kayvan faces his hardship with unfailing optimism and in doing so provides a simple but powerful message.

Buried Memories
Directly after the first chlorine gas attack in Ieper, Belgium, the German army deployed the same deadly weapon on the Eastern front in May 1915. The scale of the attack during the battle at Bolimów, Poland, was unprecedented; almost double the amount of chlorine gas was used in Bolimów than at Ieper, leaving thousands of people dead. A hundred years later, Anna Zalewska, a Polish archaeologist, arrives at the banks of the River Rawka near Bolimów.

Combustion Man
Dr Subith Vasu, combustion and fuel researcher at the University of Central Florida (UCF), USA, investigates what happens to toxic chemicals during explosions. The results of Dr Vasu’s experiments may help ascertain what kind of explosives will be effective in destroying those dangerous weapons in the safest possible way. Science has brought chemical weapons into existence. Dr Vasu’s work is a reminder that many researchers aspire to use science to benefit humanity and counter the menace of chemical weapons.​ Thanks are due to the European Union for its financial support.

Educational Videos

The links to videos found in this section have been included for educational purposes only. OPCW holds no rights to these videos and is in no way affiliated with the websites they are hosted on.

The listing of these resources does not constitute an OPCW endorsement. While these videos have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, no guarantees can be made by the OPCW in regards to the accuracy or completeness of these resources.

Chlorine and War
A video from the YouTube channel Periodic Videos to mark the 100 years since chlorine was first used as a weapon of war.

VX nerve agent
A video from the YouTube channel Periodic Videos where Professors Rob Stockman and Professor Martyn Poliakoff discuss nerve agent VX.

Chemical Weapons (Sarin and Mustard Gas)
A video from the YouTube channel Periodic Videos that discusses chemical weapons, including sarin and mustard gas. It features professors Rob Stockman and Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham.

World War I: The First Modern War: Clouds of Death (Paywall)
As part of the History Channel’s series on World
War I, Clouds of Death tells the story of how “weaponization of the chemical chlorine by the Germans flew in the face of international treaties and unleashed an escalation of poison gas weapons on both sides of WWI”.