Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia, a professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET); was awarded the prestigious 2023 The Hague Award at OPCW annual conference of the State Parties.
The award honours efforts of individuals and organisations working towards a world free of chemical weapons.
Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Fernando Arias, and Mayor of the Municipality of The Hague, Jan van Zanen, announced the decision of the OPCW-The Hague Award selection panel to honour three recipients of the 2023 OPCW-The Hague Award.
They jointly handed over the Award to the BUET processor at the inauguration of the 28th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP 28).
The other co-recipients were Spiez Laboratory (Switzerland) and Hubert K. Foy, Director of African Centre for Science and International Security.
Since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, OPCW has been judging and awarding individuals/institutions from around the world in recognition of their distinctive works relating to the objectives of the Convention. She is the first Bangladeshi to receive this award.
OPCW recognised Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia for her contributions in promoting chemical safety and security in Bangladesh as also her role as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) where she served as a member from 2018 to 2023 and "contributed in generating new knowledge for securing the world free from chemical weapons".
Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia currently serves as a Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering of BUET.