Bangladesh scored big in diplomacy when it was elected Chairperson of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
This is for the first-time Bangladesh was elected to a high post like the Chairperson of the Executive Council in the OPCW.
This is a ‘historic win’, in the month of independence, will surely boost Bangladesh’s global standing further, the Foreign Ministry said here on Thursday.
The win was registered when Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW Sheikh Mohammed Belal was elected on Thursday as the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the OPCW for the term May 12, 2017 to May 11, 2018.
Bangladesh’s election as the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the OPCW manifests the appreciation by the international community of its contribution to the world peace and signifies international recognition of her efforts to attain global disarmament and stem proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, said the Foreign Ministry.
Ambassador Belal was unanimously elected by the 41-member strong Executive Council of the OPCW comprising of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) during the 84th Session of the Executive Council of the OPCW being held in The Hague, Netherlands from March 7-10.
Ambassador Belal will be the twentieth Chairperson of the Council since its establishments in 1997.
Under the rotational system, the term for Chairperson from Asian group is available after every five years and so far only four Chairpersons from Asian group represented this august body.
Earlier on March 6, the 53-member States Parties belonging to the Asian group nominated Ambassador Belal as the consensus candidate of the group for the position of Chairperson of the Executive Council for 2017-2018 through straw poll, in which Belal easily nullif ied his contender Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands.
The straw poll preceded months-long unprecedented global campaign by Pakistan soliciting support for their candidate.
Bangladesh, on its part, highlighted Bangladesh’s credential as a promoter of peace and credential of her candidate, Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal.
The OPCW that won Nobel Prize for Peace in 2013 implements 1993 CWC with 192 States as its members.
Bangladesh signed the Chemical Weapons Convention on January 14, 1993 and ratified it on April 25, 1997..