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This chapter discusses the important role that the non-governmental chemical science community plays in combatting the development, proliferation, and use of chemical weapons. In particular, scientific organizations provide opportunities for scientists to contribute as scientists to the effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and other disarmament and nonproliferation efforts. It focuses on the relationship that the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has built with the OPCW in two major areas: (1) providing independent input to the CWC about the implications of developments in science and technology for potential risks that could undermine the Convention and for potential opportunities to improve its implementation; and (2) raising awareness and knowledge via education and outreach about the risks connected with the potential misuse of developments in chemical science and the contributions that chemistry practitioners can make in reducing them.

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