Our doctoral student was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize as an inspector of the OPCW
In 2013 the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. The news have been in global media but for the faculty of theology it is of interest to note that one of the inspectors of the OPCW is our own international doctoral student (since 2010) Carol-Teodor Peterfi.
Carol-Teodor Peterfi joined the OPCW (Organisation For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons) in January, 2011 as Health and Safety Officer (Chemical Weapons) and his main task was to plan and organize the safety activities for teams in the field.
From February 2013 he is an OPCW Inspector (CWMS = Chemical Weapons Munition Specialist). In this new position his responsibility is to supervise the destruction of chemical weapons according to the verification regime of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Carol describes his work: “In general we supervise the destruction process of chemical weapons and neutralization of the chemical warfare agent in different locations, but mainly on the territory of the possessor states: USA, Russia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc. Also we inspect the stockpiles of these states. This means that we inspect the storage areas and account the number and the type of chemical ammunition declared by the state parties that follow to be destroyed. We periodically go also to the other kind of missions: Abandoned Chemical Weapons and Old Chemical Weapons. The goal of these types of missions is to verify the declarations and to supervise the destruction of those chemical weapons that were generated mainly during the World Word I.” Such a mission has been carried out also in the Baltic Sea.
Carol Peterfi has been also a trainer and teacher for other OPCW's inspectors. He teaches how to perform the missions in the toxic areas, how to detect the chemical warfare agents, how to protect onself and how to decontaminate the equipment and personnel in case of contamination.
Congratulations to Carol and his colleagues for receiving this prestigious award also from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Tartu!