Madagascar becomes 101st State Party to the CCM

The Republic of Madagascar deposited its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 20 May 2017. The Convention will enter into force for Madagascar on 1 November 2017.

Ambassador Biontino of the Federal Republic of Germany, President of the Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP), warmly welcomes Madagascar as the 101st States Party to the CCM and encourages States that have not ratified or acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions to consider joining.

The Republic of Madagascar’s ratification marks a significant step towards reaching the goal of 130 States Parties by the Second Review Conference in 2020.

 

Informal Meeting on Enhancing International Cooperation and Assistance

On Wednesday 8 February 2017, Australia and Iraq, CCM Coordinators on International Cooperation and Assistance, hosted an informal meeting in the margins of the 20th International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN).

Approximately 26 representatives from affected States and donor States participated in the meeting and shared with each other their perspectives on challenges and needs for cooperation and assistance in complying with obligations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).

The following is a summary of key points raised, along with more detailed proceedings of the meeting.  As the meeting was closed, all identifying references to participating States have been removed from the summary.

To access the summary, click here.

Bangkok Seminar: Cooperating to Implement the CCM

Bangkok 16-17 March 2017: The German Presidency of the CCM held a Regional Seminar with South East Asian countries on ‘Cooperating to Implement the Convention on Cluster Munition: The Country Coalition Concept’.

Detailed information on the seminar is available here.

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10th anniversary of the Oslo Conference

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Oslo Conference, which marked the beginning of the Oslo Process, Germany in its capacity as the current Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) states the following:

On 22nd February 2007, 46 States met for the first time to start the process of eliminating a whole class of weapons which are widely deemed as overly indiscriminate, cause disproportionate civilian suffering and which are considered to be a major impediment to post-conflict reconstruction.

As a result of this process the CCM was adopted in May 2008 and entered into force on 1st August 2010. Currently there are 119 States that have committed to the CCM: 100 States Parties and 19 signatories.

Despite some large military powers still being outside the convention, the legal norm established by the CCM is gaining strength and has helped to significantly reduce the use of cluster munition in conflicts around the world and to tackle the legacy of previous cluster munition use.

 

Mozambique – Completion of Cluster Munitions Clearance

As the current Presidency of the CCM, Germany is pleased to announce that Mozambique as a State Party to the CCM has declared fulfillment of its obligation under article 4 pertaining to clearance and destruction of Cluster Munitions. We would like to thank the Government of Mozambique for its dedicated compliance with CCM commitments which has made clearance of affected areas possible well ahead of schedule. We would also like to thank all national and international institutions involved in this process, notably the Norwegian Government and Norwegian Peoples Aid for having provided funding and technical expertise in this process.

Adoption of UNGA Resolution on the implementation of the CCM

On the occasion of the UNGA vote on resolution L.22 “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions”, the Presidency of the CCM would like to state the following:

As the Presidency of the CCM, Germany is pleased to observe that the positive moment for the Cluster Munitions Convention and its objectives has continued to build up with this year´s vote in the UN General Assembly. 141 votes in favor with only 2 votes against mean that the international norm established on the basis of the convention as well as its humanitarian impact are gaining strength.

We would like to thank all supporters of the resolution for their positive vote and call upon those who did not yet vote in favor to engage in a constructive process with the convention. As the current Presidency, Germany stands ready to render all necessary assistance in that regard.

 

7MSP Save the date

SEVENTH MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO THE CCM  (7MSP)
Geneva, 4-6 September 2017

The President of the Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Ambassador Michael Biontino of the Federal Republic of Germany, is pleased to inform that the dates and venue of the 7MSP have been set and will take place from 4 to 6 September 2017 in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Switzerland.