The Africa Regional Workshop on the Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) which was hosted by New Zealand (CCM Coordinator for National Implementation Measures of the Convention) together with Ecuador and Zambia (CCM Coordinators for universalization of the Convention) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 4 – 5 August 2016, was attended by 17 States.
Of these, 8 countries are signatory to the CCM, 3 are non-signatory and 6 are States Parties. The African Union also participated in the Workshop. Participating as resource persons were representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). The Geneva-based Implementation Support Unit of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (ISU-CCM) provided logistical and technical support to the workshop.
The purpose of the Regional Workshop was to provide an opportunity for signatory and non-signatory States in Africa to discuss challenges and solutions for joining the Convention on Cluster Munitions. States Parties present shared their experiences and best practices in dealing with the challenges they faced in ratifying and implementing the CCM. The workshop provided a global overview of the Convention and its impact on the ground. Resources and expert advice on joining and implementing the Convention was shared with participants.
Furthermore, it was anticipated that the workshop would help States take steps towards ratification or accession in the lead up to the Sixth Meeting of States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 September in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, the workshop represented a key opportunity for the region to take concrete steps towards achieving the goals established in the Dubrovnik Action Plan.
The Workshop ended with participants detailing how they would take the remaining work forward in Africa through the adoption of a pledge called Addis Ababa Commitment on universalization and implementation of the CCM.
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