The Hague-based agency responsible for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday in Oslo. The OPCW was created in 1997as the enforcement arm of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the agreement that prohibits countries around the world from producing and using chemical weapons.
Oct. 11, 2013 Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director General Ahmet Uzumcu arrives at a news conference in The Hague after the organization was announced as the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Set up in 1997 to eliminate all chemicals weapons worldwide, the OPCW’s mission gained critical importance this year after a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, killed more than 1,000 people in August. Michael Kooren/Reuters Buy Photo