Nobel Peace Prize for OPCW in The Hague

The Nobel Prize for Peace for 2013 has been awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is based in The Hague.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee made this announcement on 11 October in Oslo. The OPCW was selected because of its ‘extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons’, according to the Committee. The OPCW monitors the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). After this arms control treaty was signed in Paris in 1993, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was established in 1997. The OPCW gained critical importance this year after a chemical weapons strike in Syria killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus in August. The organisation is closely involved with the efforts of the United Nations to find and destroy these chemical weapons. The OPCW is an important international organisation in The Hague, which is known worldwide as the International City of Peace and Justice. According to Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, 'The Nobel Prize is the pinnacle of the noble work the organisation carries out in order to make it the world more peaceful. We are proud that The Hague plays host to the OPCW.'