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.
The Federal Republic of Germany, in its capacity as the President of the Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP), organized a lunch side event on the “challenges to the implementation and universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)” in the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. The meeting was held at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York on Thursday 26 October 2017, where more than a dozen States were in attendance.
Ambassador Michael Biontino (Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva) in his opening statement, made reference to the “country coalition” concept, the “structured dialogue” and the “military-to-military” engagements with States not Party that were initiated by the German Presidency of the 7MSP. Ambassador Biontino also made mention of the 2017 CCM draft resolution, dated 12 October 2017, that was submitted by Germany together with 42 co-sponsors.
The second speaker at the event was Ambassador Jaime Hermida Castillo (for the Spanish version his statement, click here). Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations in New York, who represented Ambassador Hernán Estrada Roman (Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations Office at Geneva), who currently presides over the Convention as the President of the Eighth Meeting of States Parties (8MSP).
The other panel speakers at the event were Ms. Sachi Claringbould (Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva), Mr. Hugh Watson (Counsellor, Australian Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva), and Mr. Jeff Abramson (Program Manager, Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, ICBL-CMC).
A closed lunchtime side event in the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security was held at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations in New York on Tuesday 17 October 2017. This informal meeting was organized by New Zealand, CCM Coordinator on National Implementation Measures, in collaboration with Zambia, CCM Coordinator on Transparency Measures, and with the technical support of the CCM Implementation Support Unit. Five States Parties attended this side event to discuss obligations stemming from Article 7 (Transparency Measures) and Article 9 (National Implementation Measures) of the Convention.
During the meeting, the Coordinators highlighted the importance of transparency reporting and having sufficient national legislation in fulfilling the obligations of the Convention. New Zealand shared its model legislation with the attendees, which is available in all six UN languages. States that were present at the meeting committed to submitting their overdue initial transparency reports and following up on their respective national legislation with regards to implementing the CCM domestically.
Click here to view the agenda of the meeting.
On 3 October 2017, the Italian parliament passed the legislation that prohibits investments in producers of cluster munitions. There were 389 votes in favour of the bill, 0 against and 3 abstentions.
This new law will prohibit all Italian financial institutions from providing any form of support to Italian or foreign companies performing a range of activities including the production, use, sale, import, export, stockpiling, or transport of antipersonnel mines as well as cluster munitions and explosive submunitions. Furthermore, a blacklist of cluster of cluster munitions producers will be created.
Click here to view the new Italian law in its original language (Italian). Click here for the English translation.
In a statement delivered at the UNGA First Committee on 10 October 2017, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) condemned any use of cluster munitions by any actor, and urged current users to stop.
CMC also urged all States to vote in favor of the resolution on the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
For more information.