Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare Date in the current year: April 29, 2017

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an annual United Nations observance held on April 29. It marks the anniversary of the day the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997.

Chemical weapons are devices that use toxic chemicals to cause sensory irritation, temporary incapacitation, injury, or death. They are classified as weapons of muss destruction.

The Chemical Weapons Convention outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. It was signed on January 13, 1993, and came into effect on April 29, 1997. As of October 2013, 190 states have ratified or acceded to the treaty.

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare was established in November 2005. It was suggested by Argentine diplomat Rogelio Pfirter who served as the Director General of the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the time.

This memorial day focuses on commemorating the victims of chemical weapons as well as raising awareness about the importance of giving up chemical warfare and eliminating stockpiles of chemical weapons. It promotes the goals of international security, peaceful coexistence and multilateralism.

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