“We were aware that our work silently but surely was contributing to peace in the world,”this is the response of Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the OPCW after it was selected for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It is the UN based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. 189 countries have membership in this organization. They all work hand in hand as the watchdogs against the use of chemical weapons. The headquarters is at Hague, Holland, it is in the news for the past one month, as the works of the organization at Syria is observed by the world. They are deputed to Syria to destroy the chemical weapons there. The Syrian Chemical Weapon tragedy forced the world to think of destroying the chemical weapons there, and the active involvement of the OPCW was honored with this Nobel Peace Prize.
It is the second consecutive year that the Nobel Peace Prize was won by an organization, in 2012, it was won by the European Union. OPCW was nowhere in the news in the chances of winning the Nobel Prize, all expected the Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistan educational activist. If she had won it, she would have been the youngest to win the prize.
At the time of the world possessing chemical weapons, the award points to the relevance of such an organization to destroy the destructor of the humanity. The whole world is under the threat of the chemical weapons, almost all countries claim that they have chemical weapons and it has become a threat; as any country may use it against its opponent. We may be destroying our new generation and our kids. What will be the after effect, if it falls in the hands of terrorist. The OPCW members are determinant to find out the chemical weapons are destroy it. This Nobel Peace Prize is the recognition for their works and it will boost their activities. They are observed and they are honored, they need it to go forward with their duties.
“Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons,” the Nobel committee in its citation observed. This award will definitely enhance their efforts to destroy the destructor.