In 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament, outlining a vision of disarmament actions that help set our world on a path towards sustainable peace and security for all. One of the actions of the Agenda includes work of the Secretary-General with the members of the Security Council in order to build new leadership and unity in restoring respect for the global norm against chemical weapons.
The OPCW’s mission is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons and the threat of their use, and in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity. Today, the OPCW Member States represent about 98% of the global population and landmass, as well as 98% of the worldwide chemical industry. In 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the OPCW "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.