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Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) Topic: Prevention of non-state actors with chemical and biological weapons Country: Republic of Rwanda

The modern use of chemical weapons (CWs) began with World War I and the results were devastating with nearly 100,000 deaths. Since the end of World War I in 1918, chemical weapons have caused more than one million casualties globally. The use of CWs continued during World War II but since the end of the war in 1945, chemical weapons have reportedly been used in only a few cases. Further, there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in recent attacks, carried out by so-called Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq. Rwanda believes that international efforts to keep weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) out of the hands of non-State actors must be continually strengthened.

Key actions in the prevention of non-State actors with chemi...