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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISU would also appreciate a copy of the submitted report at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Pacific countries met in Auckland on 12-14 February 2018 in order to take stock and advance implementation of three treaties dealing with conventional weapons: the Arms Trade Treaty (2013), the Convention on Cluster Munitions (2008) and the Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel mines (1997).
The meeting was sponsored by New Zealand and Australia and supported by the three Geneva-based Implementation Support Units (ATT, APMBC and CCM). The meeting was also attended by the International Committee of the Red Cross and civil society representatives.
14 Pacific States participated in the meeting: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Please click on the links below to access conference documents:
Auckland Declaration on Conventional Weapons Treaties
Congratulations Uruguay for being the second State Party to have submitted its 2017 annual transparency report on 22 January, well ahead of the due date of 30 April. ¡Enhorabuena!
Following closely in third place is Mozambique, which submitted its report on 23 January, also well ahead of the due date. Parabéns Moçambique!
Uruguay and Mozambique, along with gold-medalist Saint Kitts and Nevis, are leading by example the importance of submitting annual transparency reports on time, as required by Article 7 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Reporting templates are available in all six UN languages.
Congratulations to Saint Kitts and Nevis for having submitted its 2017 annual transparency report on 16 January 2018, making it the first State Party to have done so this year!
States Parties are required under Article 7 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to submit their annual transparency report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations before 30 April of each year. The annual transparency report covers the previous calendar year (1 January to 31 December).
The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) Quarterly Newsletter covering the final quarter of 2017 is out.
Here are three easy-to-read brochures on the Convention on Cluster Munitions that you could download or share with others:
- A simple introduction to the Convention on Cluster Munitions
- The Coordination Committee: Who we are and what we do
- The Implementation Support Unit (ISU): Its role in supporting the implementation of the Convention
The Dubrovnik Action Plan (DAP) is now also available in booklet form in French and Spanish. Paper copies will be ready for distribution in January 2018. These easy-to-read publications aim at facilitating the work of States Parties in the implementation of the objectives set collectively in the DAP.
The ‘Balkans workshop on cluster munition survey and clearance and implementation of Article 4 of the CCM’ took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on 8-10 November. Norway, former CCM Coordinator on Clearance and Risk Reduction Education, along with one of the current CCM Coordinators on this thematic, the Netherlands, organized this technical workshop, which brought together representatives of 4 affected States from the region, 5 donor States, 1 donor organization and 3 demining agencies.
The goal of the workshop was to encourage affected States to continue with their efforts on clearance and for States and operators to share their experiences with one another, through discussions on completion planning, challenges, lessons learnt, regional collaboration and available support.
Click here to view the programme of the workshop.