Signatory States and States not Party attend CCM universalization meeting

On Wednesday 6th February 2019, Chile and Panama, CCM Coordinators on Universalization, hosted an informal meeting with signatory States and States not Party to the CCM at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event was organized in the margins of the 22nd International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers.

The objective of the meeting was to provide signatory States and States not Party with a platform to exchange views and experiences regarding the CCM universalization process.  9 representatives from 3 Signatory States and 5 States not Party participated.

Presentations were given by the ISU, CMC and ICRC. The Coordinators and panelists also responded to the queries of the country representatives.

 

First 2018 annual transparency report submitted

For 2 consecutive years Saint Kitts and Nevis is the first CCM State Party to have submitted its annual transparency report. Thank you Saint Kitts for leading by example!
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) and should be sent to the UN Secretary-General, via the Office for Disarmament Affairs at ccm@un.org. The ISU would also appreciate a copy of the submitted report at info@cmconvention.org.

To facilitate reporting, States Parties are recommended to use the reporting template, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

The Philippines joins the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Congratulations to the government of the Philippines on its ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), thereby becoming State Party no. 106 of the Convention. The Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York on 3 January 2019; in accordance with Article 17(2), the Convention will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 July 2019.

Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP), applauds this important decision and wholeheartedly welcomes the Philippines as the 106th State Party of the CCM. He also calls on Signatory States and States not Party to ratify or accede to the Convention as a matter of priority.

The Gambia ratifies the Convention on Cluster Munitions

The Republic of The Gambia deposited its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 12 December 2018.

H.E. Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, President of the 9th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (9MSP), warmly congratulates the Republic of The Gambia for ratifying the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and welcomes  it as the 105th State Party to the Convention.

The ratification of the Convention by the Republic of The Gambia renders the goal of 130 CCM States Parties by the Second Review Conference in 2020 more achievable.

UNGA votes on 2018 CCM Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted on the latest draft Resolution on the “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions” on 5 December 2018. This document was submitted by Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP) to the CCM, and co-sponsored by 42 States Parties of the Convention.

The votes were conducted in two parts on this occasion: the first vote was on the preambular paragraph 14 (PP14) of the Resolution, taking note of the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament; and the second on the Resolution as a whole.

  • The poll on the PP14 of the Resolution recorded 153 States votes in favour, none against, and 18 abstentions.
  • The draft Resolution was adopted as a whole by the UNGA with a record of 144 Yes votes, 1 No, and 38 abstentions.

The voting pattern on the CCM Resolutions since 2015 demonstrates an increase of Yes votes annually and a decrease in No votes in 2018 as illustrated by the table below:

In this fourth CCM Resolution adopted by the UNGA, the importance of the full and effective implementation of and compliance with the Convention is reiterated. The 9MSP President, Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of Sri Lanka, urges all States outside the Convention to join as soon as possible and all States Parties to promote adherence to the Convention.

For more information on the 2018 CCM Resolution, click here.

The CCM celebrates 10th anniversary of its Signature

To commemorate the signing of the treaty that took place in Oslo 10 years ago, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva hosted an informal celebratory event on 3 December 2018.

Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway, warmly welcomed Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (9MSP), and all the other attendees to the reception at the Norwegian residence in Geneva. In his speech, Ambassador Brattskar highlighted the CCM as a “striking multilateral achievement” and called for the CCM community to “continue to invoke the evidence demonstrating the unacceptable humanitarian harm caused by cluster munitions”. He expressed Norway’s appreciation of the unique partnership between States, international organizations, research institutes, civil society actors and all other stakeholders in the enduring success of the CCM.

 

Worldwide investments in cluster munitions 2018 report shows marked decrease in CM investments

PAX and the Cluster Munition Coalition released the 2018 Worldwide investment in cluster munitions report on 3 December 2018. Some of the key findings in the latest report are:

  • 46 States are taking steps to outlaw investments in cluster munitions, with 11 of them having adopted specific legislation that prohibits investment in cluster munitions
  • 2 arms manufacturers have completely terminated their production and delivery of cluster munitions
  • Investment in cluster munition has dropped from USD 31 billion in 2017 to USD 9 billion in 2018
  • The number of financial institutions publicly excluding cluster munition producers notably increased: the updated report identifies 110 compared to 22 in last year’s report
  • The number of financial institutions reported to have invested in cluster munition producers have decreased from 166 in 2017 to 88 in the 2018 report

For the full report, please click here.

For the New York Times article on the report, please click here.

10th anniversary of the CCM Signature

10 years ago at the Oslo City Hall, the Convention on Cluster Munitions was opened for signature on 3 December 2008. Over the course of 2 days, 94 States signed the treaty; 4 of which, the Holy See, Ireland, Norway and Sierra Leone, also submitted their instruments of ratification immediately.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his speech delivered at the Signing Conference on 3 December said:

“The conclusion [of this convention] indicates a significant and fundamental change in the position of many governments that, until recently, regarded cluster munitions as essential to their security policies and military doctrines. The importance of this shift cannot be overemphasised.”

 

 

The following video is on the signing ceremony of the Convention on Cluster Munitions:

The photos and video in this post are courtesy of the Cluster Munition Coalition.

ISU Director’s visit to Sri Lanka

A meeting between the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was held at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo on 23 November 2018 to discuss the implementation of the Convention of this new State Party. In addition to having acceded to the CCM on 1 March 2018, Sri Lanka is currently presiding over the Convention as the President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP).

The meeting chaired by Mr. Anuradha Wijekoon, Additional Secretary (Defence), was attended by representatives from various governmental departments including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ISU Director, Ms. Sheila N. Mweemba, emphasised the importance of fulfilling Article 7 (Transparency Measures) obligations and provided guidance on how to complete the reporting template. Sri Lanka’s deadline for its initial transparency report is 28 February 2019. Additionally, the meeting considered the possibility of hosting a regional workshop on CCM universalization to be held in early 2019.

Thereafter, the ISU Director paid a courtesy call on the United Nations Office in Sri Lanka, where she met and discussed the implementation of the Convention with Ms. Hanaa Singer, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka. Representatives of UNOPS in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) were also present.