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THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION: ASSESSMENT AND PERSPECTIVES
Rome, 19 April 2007
Via XXIV Maggio, 43
Special thanks to Green Cross Italia
for contributing to the conference
• simultaneous translation: english/italian
Vittorio Michele Craxi, Undersecretary of State, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RomeStefano Silvestri, President, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome Umberto Ranieri, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Italian Chamber of Deputies, RomeGuido Pollice, President, Green Cross Italia, Rome Rogelio Pfirter, Ambassador, Director -General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-OPCW, The Hague
Assessment of the convention
Of all the disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives, the CWC seems to be the most effective.What is the legal and political assessment of the CWC? What is the relationship between the CWC and humanitarian law?What are the remaining, grey areas?What progress in achieving the goal of universality?
Chair: Elio Pacilio, Vice-President Executive, Green Cross Italia, RomeSergey Batsanov, Director, Geneva Office of International PUGWASHNatalino Ronzitti, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, LUISS University; Scientific Advisor, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome Michael Bothe, Professor of International Law, J.W. Goethe University, Wilhelm Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, FrankfurtDaniel Nord, Deputy Director, Stockholm Institute of Peace Research, Stockholm
disarmament and destruction challenges
Despite progress, actual implementation of the CWC is moving slower than expected; requests for extensions of the final date for the destruction of the declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been approved. Moreover, the disarmament pledge is not immune to verification discussion.
Which are the technical, economic and political difficulties slowing down the process?Can the reliability of the verification mechanisms be enhanced?
chair: Stefano Silvestri, President, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome Rein Müllerson, Professor of International Law, School of Law, King’s College of London, University of LondonAlexander Kelle, Lecturer in International Politics, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
Giacinto Costantino, Director, NBC Interforce Technical Logistic Centre, Civitavecchia
Miriam Ramella, Representative of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Trade, Rome
Bruno Brianzoli, Member of the Board, Federchimica, Milan
16.15-18.00 disarmament and future prospects
Examining past experience might allow to draw meaningful lessons for the future, also in view of the next Review Conference.
How to make the CWC fully successful? Is the CWC experience somehow applicable to other disarmament and non-proliferation regimes? Can the success of the CWC have an impact on similar initiatives in the Biological and Nuclear sector? What needs to be done to reduce significantly the risk of a spread of weapons of mass destruction?
chair: Carlo Trezza, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva Yoram Dinstein, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Tel Aviv UniversityMohamed Shaker, Ambassador, Vice-chairman, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, CairoFinn Longinotto, Legacy Programme Fellow, Global Green USA, Washington
18.00-18.30 concluding remarks
Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Political Affairs and Human Rights, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome