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News, 10/16/2013

Finland contributes to the fight against chemical weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW oversees compliance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention.

Finland has given technical and financial support to this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Photo: Eero Kuosmanen State Secretary Pertti Torstila with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü at the 40th anniversary of Verifin. Photo: Eero Kuosmanen

Finland has supported the Convention since its inception. Through Verifin, Finland has offered both technical and financial support for the implementation of the Convention.

Organised as a unit in the University of Helsinki, Verifin supports the OPCW by developing identification methods for chemical warfare agents and by providing related training.

Recently Verifin has, for instance, analysed samples collected from the chemical attacks conducted in Syria. Verifin is mainly funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Nobel Committee mentions the OPCW’s important work to eliminate chemical weapons as the grounds for granting the prize to the organisation. According to the Nobel Committee, the recent events in Syria highlight the need to intensify efforts against chemical weapons.

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Updated 10/16/2013

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