6th Meeting of State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions successfully concluded
Since January 1, 2016 the Netherlands was President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). In that capacity, the Netherlands chaired the 6th Meeting of State Parties this week, 5-7 September.
As President, the Netherlands was committed to improving the universalization and implementation of the Convention and to improve reporting by State Parties. With the introduction of a Political Declaration an agreement was reached between all state parties to work towards a deadline for completion of the implementation of the Cluster Munitions Convention in 2030.
The CCM is of the utmost importance since the Convention prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. In addition, it establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance to ensure adequate care and rehabilitation to survivors and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction education and destruction of stockpiles. To date 119 states have joined the Convention —100 States parties and 19 Signatories.
Cluster munitions are unacceptable for two reasons. Firstly, they have wide area effects and are unable to distinguish between civilians and combatants. Secondly, the use of cluster munitions leave behind large numbers of dangerous unexploded ordnance. Such remnants kill and injure civilians, obstruct economic and social development, and have other severe consequences that persist for years and decades after use.
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For more information on the Convention: www.clusterconvention.org