Namibia joins the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Congratulations to the government of Namibia on its ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions two days before the Eighth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (8MSPCCM) thereby becoming the Convention’s 104th State Party! The Convention will enter into force for Namibia on 1st February 2019 in accordance with its article 17 (2).

The 8MSP Presidency, Nicaragua, warmly welcomes Namibia as the 104th State Party to the CCM and encourages other Signatory States to ratify the Convention as a matter of priority.

Croatia completes the destruction of its stockpiles of cluster munitions

The Presidency of the CCM, Nicaragua, is pleased to announce that the Republic of Croatia has declared fulfillment of its obligation under Article 3 pertaining to storage and stockpile destruction.

Our sincere congratulations to the Government of Croatia for its dedicated commitment to the CCM which has made the destruction of its stockpiles possible within the stipulated deadline. To date, there remain only 7 States Parties with obligations under Article 3 of the CCM.

8MSP registration

REGISTRATION PROCESS

STEP 1 – Note Verbale

The details of delegations to the 8MSP should be submitted by Note Verbale by Friday, 17 August 2018, to the Secretariat of the 8MSP at the following address:

Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch
Fax: +41 22 917 0034
E-mail: ccm@un.org

STEP 2 – Online registration

If you no not already have a United Nations grounds pass, you need to register for the 8MSP in the online indico system. Please note that you will need to attach the note verbale or letter, including your name on the list of your delegation, as a mandatory document while registering on-line. If you forget to attach the requested document, the system will reject your registration . Instructions are available for reference. Recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge. For any queries, please contact ccm@un.org.

Once the application has been approved in Indico, you will receive via e-mail an e-ticket / QR code. A grounds pass valid for the duration of the Meeting of States Parties will be available for collection from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Participants are advised to come to the Pregny Gate well in advance to allow enough time for security checks.


United Nations grounds passes can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. The e-ticket / QR code and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect the grounds pass.

Spain gets rid of all its cluster munitions

Spain completed the destruction of its stockpile of cluster munitions months ahead of its stipulated deadline! The announcement was officially made through Note Verbale on 25 July 2018. The 8MSP Presidency, Nicaragua, warmly congratulates Spain for having completed its obligations under Article 3.

This major achievement as the first Stockpile Destruction deadlines fall due on 1 August 2018 is a cause for celebration and will continue to be celebrated by the CCM community at the upcoming 8MSP! Enhorabuena!

8MSP Provisional Agenda available

The Provisional Agenda for the upcoming 8MSP is now available on UNODA’s website.  Keep checking UNODA and the CCM websites regularly as conference documents will be gradually uploaded.

CCM/MSP/2018/1 – Provisional Agenda

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2017 CCM Article 7 report now due

States Parties are kindly reminded that, as stipulated in Article 7 of the Convention, the deadline for the submission of the 2017 Annual Transparency Report is 30 April 2018.

This annual transparency report should cover the period 1 January to 31 December 2017 and be sent to the UN Secretary-General, via the Office for Disarmament Affairs at ccm@unog.ch.

The ISU would also appreciate a copy of the submitted report at info@cmconvention.org.

Annual transparency reports should provide updated information on progress made in the implementation of the Convention, including time-bound plans towards treaty compliance. Quality and timely annual reports are a crucial tool in the monitoring and evaluation of the general status and overall implementation of the Convention; they are also critical in facilitating the matching of existing needs with available resources.

 

Sri Lanka joins the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Congratulations to the government of Sri Lanka on its accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), thereby becoming the Convention’s 103rd State Party!

Sri Lankan officials deposited the accession instrument at the United Nations in New York on 1st March 2018 joining the increasing number of States that have undertaken to ban the weapon.

In accordance with its article 17 (2), the Convention will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 September 2018.

The Sri Lankan Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL), led by its Coordinator, Mr. Vidya Abhayagunawardena, spared no efforts in advocating for the government of Sri Lanka to accede.

The Presidency of the Eighth Meeting of States Parties (8MSP), Nicaragua, warmly welcomes Sri Lanka as the 103rd State Party to the CCM and encourages other States that have not ratified or acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions to consider joining the Convention as a matter of priority.