Seventh Meeting of States Parties

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The Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place from 4 to 6 September 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The 7MSP, presided by Germany, was the second formal meeting of the Convention after the adoption of the Dubrovnik Action Plan, a five-year action (2015-2020) plan that provides a roadmap for States Parties to implement and universalize the Convention. Over 300 participants from States, international and non-governmental organizations took part in the three-day Meeting to take stock of the implementation of the CCM’s steering action plan.

H.E. Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, who presided over the meeting, handed over the Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to H.E. Ambassador Hernán Estrada Román, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations Office at Geneva, who will preside over the Eighth Meeting of States Parties (8MSP).


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MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

1. Opening of the Meeting

The opening ceremony also featured the following special guests:

  • Representing the host country, Swiss Ambassador for Disarmament, H.E. Sabrina Dallafior;
  • Director of the Conference on Disarmament and Conference Support Branch, Ms. Anja Kaspersen, of UNODA in Geneva, on behalf of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu;
  • Director of International Law and Policy at the ICRC, Dr. Helen Durham; and
  • Cluster Munition Coalition Ambassador, Mr. Branislav Kapetanović

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Confirmation of the rules of procedure

4. Confirmation of the Secretary-General of the Meeting

  • Director of the Conference on Disarmament and Conference Support Branch, Ms. Anja Kaspersen, of UNODA in Geneva, appointed as Secretary-General of the 7MSP

5. Election of the vice-presidents

  • Presidents of previous four MSPs, namely Zambia, Costa Rica, Croatia and the Netherlands, elected as vice-presidents of the 7MSP

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

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7. Organization of work

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

(a) Universalization 

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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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TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

(d) Victim assistance 

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(e) International cooperation and assistance 

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(f) Transparency measures 

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(g) Compliance 

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(h) National implementation measures 

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WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

(i) Implementation of the financial procedures on the financing of the Implementation Support Unit 

  • Coordinators on the General Status and Operation, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Switzerland, reported on the status of the implementation of the financial procedures decision taken at the First Review Conference relating to the financing of the Implementation Support Unit (ISU). They also reported on the proposed review of the financial procedures
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • Zambia
  • France (French and English)
  • Italy
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand (no written statement)
  • Ireland (no written statement)
  • France (no written statement)

(j) Implementation support 

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9. Financial status of the Convention

  • UNOG Financial Resources Management Service provided an overview of the financial status of the Convention
  • The Netherlands

10. Preparations for the Eighth Meeting of States Parties (8MSP)

  • The Meeting warmly welcomed the election of H.E. Ambassador Hernán Estrada Román, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
  • CCM/MSP/2017/11 – Estimated costs of the Eighth Meeting of States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
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11. Other matters

  • No delegate took the floor during this agenda item

12. Adoption of the final documents of the Meeting

  • The President made a final presentation of the outcome document of the 7MSP

13. Closure of the Meeting

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