The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, is pleased to announce the decision of the OPCW-The Hague Award Committee to honour Robert Mikulak (US); Cheng Tang (China); and IUPAC as joint recipients of the 2019 OPCW–The Hague Award.
Mikulak and Tang have both been extensively involved in the negotiations of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and have collaborated with the OPCW on a broad range of topics. IUPAC has contributed to providing the OPCW with objective scientific knowledge on emerging areas of science related to the CWC, as well as carrying out education and outreach activities to chemistry practitioners and the general public.
The OPCW-The Hague Award is a legacy of the OPCW receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace and it recognises individuals and institutions that make an outstanding contribution towards the goals of the CWC. The Award was established in 2014 from the monetary prize accompanying the Nobel Prize for Peace and is supplemented by the City of The Hague. The award ceremony was held on 25 November 2019 in The Hague, during the first day of the Twenty-Fourth Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and IUPAC Vice President Professor Christopher Brett received the Award on behalf of the Union.
For a recent account of IUPAC’s commitment to supporting the norms of disarmament, see this IUPAC100 story by J. Forman and M. Cesa; https://iupac.org/100/stories/a-partnership-of-science-and-diplomacy-to-eliminate-chemical-weapons/
See also project ‘Building broader and deeper links between OPCW and IUPAC‘; https://iupac.org/project/2018-022-3-020.
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