New York/Singapore

11 October 2013

Secretary-General's video transcript on awarding of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

I am pleased to congratulate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

This recognition occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria. Tragically the threat of chemical weapons remains a clear and present danger.

The OPCW has a specific task to eliminate the chemical weapons and prevent them from ever re-emerging. We must work together to prevent the chemical weapons.

Like the United Nations, the mission of OPCW was born from a fundamental abhorrence at the atrocities of war.

OPCW and the United Nations have been working hand in hand to prevent and eliminate chemical weapons, and we are honoured to work in this noble mission to prevent the chemical weapons for all the people and for all times. Together we must ensure that the fog of war will never be again composed of poison gas.