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The #G7 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇨🇦🇫🇷🇯🇵🇮🇹🇩🇪🇪🇺 has set out our shared priorities for tackling the spread of dangerous weapons around the world.

@gregkoblentz @OPCW Taking out “or disabling physical effects” would make it clearer that only chemosensory irritants fall within the definition of riot control agents.

@gregkoblentz @OPCW CWC Article II.7. currently reads as follows. “Riot Control Agent” means: Any chemical not listed in a Schedule, which can produce rapidly in humans sensory irritation or disabling physical effects which disappear within a short time following termination of exposure.

@gregkoblentz @OPCW To further affirm the unsuitability of CNS-acting chemicals for use as riot control agents, it will be important to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention’s Article II.7 (which defines riot control agents) by expunging the language “or disabling physical effects”.

Fantastic snapshot from history: Report of the Conference on Disarmament 1987 (Berlin Wall still up) including a negotiation draft of the Chemical Weapons Convention with „provisional“ lists of scheduled chemicals (104, 112, 115). Looks familiar? #OPCW

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from Global Affairs Canada. @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

This work has been done within the scope of the Stimson Center’s Cheminformatics project, a collaboration involving Stimson’s Partnership in Proliferation Prevention’s Program and the Costanzi Research Group at American University. @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

Our curated version of the WCO Strategic Chemicals list includes manually curated 2D images, downloadable 2D structures, structural identifiers, and links to web cards with analytical data and more. @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

… the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement Munitions Lists, and WCO’s Programme Global Shield (PGS). @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

The WCO Strategic Chemicals list featured in Annex V of the STCE includes many of the chemicals found in the Chemicals Weapons Convention (CWC) Schedules, the Australia Group (AG) Chemical Weapons Precursors list … @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

Chemicals are better described through structures than through names. To facilitate the communication between chemists and security experts, we have been working on the structural annotation of lists of chemicals of security concern. @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

Check out our curated and structurally annotated version of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Strategic Chemicals list (Strategic Trade Control Enforcement Implementation Guide (STCE), Annex V. @RichardCupitt @gregkoblentz @GPWMDofficial

WCO Strategic Chemicals

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is “an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of C...

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