The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council elected the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to chair the Organization’s Executive Council for the term 2022-2023 on Wednesday.
According to the Saudi Press Agency “SPA,” the Executive Council will be chaired by Ambassador Ziyad bin Maashi Al-Attiyah, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The Executive Council is the organization’s executive body, and it strives to promote successful implementation and compliance with the Convention. It also oversees the organization’s technical secretariat’s activities and examines the organization’s draught budget, draught report, and special reports submitted to the Conference of States Parties to the Convention.
The Kingdom’s decision to lead the organization’s executive council is based on the Kingdom’s long history of accomplishments in international organizations.
It also demonstrates the importance of the Council’s position and its unwavering efforts in dealing with openness and credibility in the data of world events in this field, as well as the degree to which the Council’s member nations and the organization value this responsibility.
Saudi Arabia is one of the organization’s founding members and has been an elected member of the Executive Council since its inception in 1997.