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Veronika Stromšíková

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons CBRN, Medical & Rescue Service Czech Republic

Mrs. Veronika Stromšíková


Future Forces Forum World CBRN & MEDICAL Congress (CEBIRAM) 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018

Director, Office of Strategy and Policy
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Presentation

Addressing the Threat of Chemical Weapons Use

For over 20 years, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) verifies the destruction of the declared stockpiles of chemical weapons but also carries out inspections in selected industrial production facilities to ensure that they are used exclusively for peaceful purposes. The OPCW provides multifaceted assistance to the States Parties in the areas of prevention, legal accountability and response.

 In view of continued use of chemical weapons by both State and non-State actors, the OPCW undertook a number of non-routine verification activities in recent years, especially through its Fact-Finding Mission mandated to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals in Syria. In June 2018, an additional mandate was given to the organisation: to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and to assist States investigating a possible chemical weapons use on its territory, upon request, to identify perpetrators or those otherwise involved.

 The contribution will examine how the OPCW adapts to meet the current challenges and effectively address the threat of chemical weapons use.


Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Sept 1993 – Sept 1999- Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Aug 1999-Summer School of International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands

 Sept 1997 – Jun 1998-Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultaet, Karl Franzens Universitaet Graz, Austria

two semester studies in European Law and International Law

Professional Experience:

since June 2016- Director, Office of Strategy and Policy (OSP)

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, Netherlands    

2014 – 2016 - Director, United Nations Department,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

2013 – 2014-Head of Working Group, Department of Middle East and North African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

2009 – 2013 - Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations at Geneva,Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

2008 – 2009- Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN at Geneva,Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

2005 – 2007- Director, Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

2002 – 2005 -Political Officer, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

1999 – 2002-Desk Officer, Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

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