Nobel Peace Prize 2013 – Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel peace prize 2013.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons”. OPCW is an international organization that has been working since 1997 to convince countries to give up chemical weapons besides checking and confirming the destruction of existing chemical weapons.
OPCW has been tirelessly monitoring activities in the chemical industry to reduce the risk of commercial chemicals being misused for weapons purposes, providing assistance and protection to member countries if they are attacked or threatened with attack by chemical weapons, including by terrorists and promoting international cooperation for the peaceful uses of chemistry.
OPCW is presently overseeing the destruction of Syria’s arsenal and aims to help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities and weapons-filling equipment by November 1.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award OPCW the prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.