ISLAMABAD - The 20th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC), held at The Hague from 30 November to 04 December 2015, re-elected Pakistan as its member.

A statement by the Foreign Office said, the Conference unanimously re-elected Pakistan for the term 2016-2018 as a member of the Executive Council of the OPCW, which is a treaty body for the CWC.

Ambassador Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to OPCW, while addressing the Conference, expressed Pakistan's unwavering commitment to the objectives and purposes of the Convention. He reiterated Pakistan's firm resolve to continue to work with the international community for ensuring a world completely free of chemical weapons.

Being one of the first countries to accede to the Convention, Pakistan has always played an active role in the OPCW. Presently, Pakistan also serves as the Coordinator of the Asia Group in the OPCW Executive Council. This year experts from Pakistan also got elected as members of the Scientific Advisory Board and Advisory Board on Administrative and Financial Matters. In addition, Pakistan was also chosen as the new facilitator for the implementation of Article XI of the CWC which deals with international cooperation.