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Students orients on weapons of mass destruction in NCPW workshop

Qatar: Tuesday, April 02 - 2013 @ 09:23

Presenters from the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW) discussed Qatar’s efforts to implement and execute tasks and responsibilities emanating from United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004 and various conventions regarding the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The event was hosted by QU Student Affairs Department and sponsored by the NCPW in collaboration with QU, Qatar Foundation and SFS Qatar, partner of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Also attending the workshop were QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Omar Al Ansari, Director Student Activities Department Ms Al Jazzi Al Marri, several NCPW members, Hamad Medical Corporation/NCPW member Dr Nasser Al Ansari, and QU faculty and staff.

In the opening segment, the audience was welcomed by Ms Al Marri and heard from National Committee members Dr Salwan Kamal Aboud, radiation expert; QU alumnus Eng Saif Al Naimi, Head Chemical Weapons Convention Working Group/NCPW; and Mr Ismail Afifi, legal expert, on behalf of NCPW vice-chairman Colonel (Pilot) Hassan Saleh Al-Nesf.

Ms Al Marri, said, “This is an opportunity to engage students on issues that are taking place in the world and to integrate their views and opinions into the general debate. It is in their interest that we provide these opportunities so that they could extend their learning outside of the class environment and get involved in another reality.”

The workshop was part of the National Committee’s approaches to communicate information on the conventions and to engage an open debate with students at the high school and university level on the subject of weapons of mass destruction, the Biological Weapons Convention of 1975, Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) of 1993, UN Security Council decision 1540 of 2004, Qatar Ministerial Order which established the NCPW in the same year, and the Doha Regional Center on Weapons of Mass Destruction launched in 2012.

The students learned about the goals and achievements of the National Committee, the role of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and measures adopted in the Conventions and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) of 1970.

International affairs students Muna Jabr Al Thani and Khaled Al Khulifi, commented, “This workshop is very important in terms of awareness to students specially those of international affairs. We have been informed of the dangers of WMDs and how much the world has been protected from destruction by the treaties.”

“It has been a great opportunity for me to attend this workshop, especially with the vast amount of information I’ve gained,” Muna said.

“This workshop answered an important question I had in mind for so long. Today I learned that we can use the energy provided for these weapons in peaceful ways, if the humanitarian will exists,” Khaled added.

Seminar presenters included SFS Qatar Assistant Dean Kai-Henrik Barth and NCPW members Dr Aboud, Prof Karim El-Din El-Adham, Dr Nasser Al Ansari, and Mr Saif Al Naimi. An open debate with the students concluded the day’s event.

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