Sixth Meeting of States Parties

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The Sixth Meeting of States Parties (6MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place from 5 to 7 September 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The 6MSP, presided by the Netherlands, marked the first formal meeting of the Convention after the adoption of the Dubrovnik Action Plan, a five-year action plan that provides a roadmap for States Parties to implement and universalize the Convention.

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Representatives of civil society and States Parties during the 6MSP in Geneva

At the end of the 6MSP, States Parties adopted a political declaration. Through the political declaration, States Parties commit to fully implement all of their individual and collective outstanding obligations as quickly as possible and as conditions in affected states would allow in partnership with the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Cluster Munition Coalition and other non-governmental organizations, with an aim to implement all before 2030.

H.E. Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Disarmament Ambassador at large, who presided over the meeting, handed over the Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to H.E. Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

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Final documents, including the Geneva Progress Report and the Final Report can be found here.



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MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

1. Opening of the Meeting

  • Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, President of the Sixth Meeting of States Parties presided over the meeting.

The opening ceremony also featured the following special guests:

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Confirmation of the rules of procedure

4. Confirmation of the Secretary-General of the Meeting

5. Election of the Vice-Presidents

6. Introduction by the President of the draft documents and key draft decisions

Statement by Cuba on the status of its adherence process.

  • The Geneva Progress Report on the implementation of the Dubrovnik Action Plan;
    CCM/MSP/2016/8 
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7. Organization of work

Review of the status and operation of the Convention and other matters important for achieving the aims of the Convention:

  • Coordinators, Switzerland and Czech Republic, reported on the overall status of the Convention and content of the Geneva Progress Report.

(a) Universalization 

States Not Party were invited to express their views/support for the Convention.

  • China

Session resumed on Tuesday 6 September where:

  • Namibia announced its desire to join the Convention within the next few months.

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(b) Storage and stockpile destruction

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(c) Clearance and destruction of cluster munitions remnants and risk reduction education

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(d) Compliance – item 8 (g) of the revised provisional agenda

Session resumed Tuesday 6 September with the following statements

  • Norway
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland

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TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Review of the status and operation of the Convention and other matters important for achieving the aims of the Convention:

(e) Transparency Measures – item 8 (f) of the revised provisional agenda 

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(f) National Implementation Measures – item 8 (h) of the revised provisional agenda 

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(g) Implementation of the financial procedures on the financing of the Implementation Support Unit – item 8 (i) of the revised provisional agenda

(h) Implementation Support – item 8 (j)  of the revised provisional agenda

  • Statement by the Director of the ISU-CCM
  • France
  • Austria

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(i) Victim Assistance – item (d) of the revised provisional agenda

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WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2016

(j) International Cooperation & Assistance – item (e) of the revised provisional agenda

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9. Preparations for the Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP)

The Meeting warmly welcomed the election of H.E. Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

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H.E. Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany, President of the 7MSP

CCM/MSP/2016/7 – Estimated costs of the Seventh Meeting of States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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11. Adoption of the Final Documents of the Meeting

The following States made comments and/or amendments before the adoption of the 6MSP Political Declaration (read-it-here). 

  • Lao PDR
  • Cuba (five interventions)
  • Iraq (two interventions)
  • Nicaragua (nine interventions)
  • Cluster Munition Coalition
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Australia (three interventions)
  • Canada
  • New Zealand