OPCW Advisory Board on Education and Outreach advance strategies to promote Chemical Weapons Convention

ABEO meets to develop awareness raising with academic institutions, students, young professionals, and national stakeholders

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—28 July 2022—The Advisory Board on Education and Outreach (ABEO) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held its 13th Session from 19 to 21 July 2022 at the Headquarters of the OPCW in The Hague.

The ABEO provides advice on the development of education and outreach strategies, key messages, and partnerships that support the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and uphold the norm against chemical weapons.

The Board discussed educational projects to raise awareness of the Convention among undergraduates of scientific and social sciences faculties. The ABEO also focussed on the importance of designing and implementing effective strategies to disseminate these projects, that are tailored to regional and subregional contexts. The availability of multilingual resources in the OPCW’s six official languages was also prioritised at the meeting.

In her opening remarks, the OPCW Deputy Director-General, Ambassador Odette Melono, underscored that “awareness raising among the younger generations to achieve a deeper engagement in disarmament and non-proliferation is critical for upholding the norm against the use of chemical weapons.” She continued: “the ongoing work of the Board remains vital to the OPCW.”

The Deputy Director-General also called on the Board to continue to support National Authorities, upon the request of States Parties, to assist them in connecting with chemical industry, academia, and young professionals.

The Board elected its Chairperson, Professor Magda Bauta Soles of Republic of Cuba, and its Vice-Chairperson, Professor Supawan Tantayanon of the Kingdom of Thailand, to lead the work of the Board in 2023. The 13th Session of the ABEO was the first in-person meeting of the Board since July 2019.

reproduced from <https://www.opcw.org/media-centre/news/2022/07/opcw-advisory-board-education-and-outreach-advance-strategies-promote> – see that page for background and more information.


IUPAC was represented by Jan Apotheker, Past Chair of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE). In IUPAC,  Supawan Tantayanon is also a member of CCE and of the Committee on Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).

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