Dhaka, 24 October: Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for a three-year term effective from 01 January 2018. This was announced by the Director-General of the OPCW, Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü at the ongoing Eighty-Sixth Session of the Executive Council of the OPCW in The Hague.
Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia is the first Bangladeshi national appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the OPCW since its inception in 1998. The appointment of Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia by the Director-General of the OPCW manifests appreciation by the OPCW in general and the Director-General in particular of Bangladesh’s contributions to the aspirations of the OPCW in ridding the world of chemical weapons.
Bangladesh is an original signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Bangladesh was elected as a member of the Executive Council of the OPCW for the period 2002-2004 for the first time and again for the period 2016-2018. The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the OPCW Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal was elected as the Chairperson of the Executive Council for the period 2017-2018. Bangladesh was also elected as the Chair of the Credential Committee of the Conference of the States Parties of the OPCW for the year 2016 and as one of the Vice-Chairpersons of the Conference of the States Parties for the year 2017.
The Scientific Advisory Board is a subsidiary body of the OPCW, which enables the Director-General of the OPCW to render specialised advice in science and technology relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention to the Member States of the OPCW. The Board is made up of 25 independent experts from OPCW Member States.