Ninth Meeting of States Parties

Presided by Sri Lanka, the Ninth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions is the fourth formal meeting of the Convention after the adoption of the Dubrovnik Action Plan, a five-year (2015-2020) action plan that provides a roadmap for States Parties to implement and universalize the Convention.

H.E. Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka who presided over the 9MSP, handed over the Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament as the President of the Second Review Conference (2RC).

The Meeting designated H.E. Mr. Aidan Liddle, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Conference on Disarmament as the President of the Tenth Meeting of States Parties (10MSP) scheduled for 2021.

A news article on the 9MSP published on the UN INSIDER Journal of In-Depth News, Berlin, can be accessed here.

All conference documents can be found below or on the UNOG 9MSP web page. Final documents, including the final List of participants, Progress Report and Final Report, have been made available.

 

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Universalization
Stockpile destruction and retention
Clearance and destruction of cluster munitions remnants and risk reduction education
Victim assistance
International cooperation and assistance
Transparency measures
Compliance
National implementation measures
Selection process for future Convention Presidencies
Implementation Support

MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Opening of the Meeting

  • President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties, H.E. Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The opening ceremony also featured the following special guests:

  • Representing the host country, Swiss Ambassador for Disarmament, H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann;
  • 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;
  • Vice President of the ICRC, Mr. Gilles Carbonnier;
  • Director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), Mr. Hector Guerra.

Adoption of the agenda

CCM/MSP/2019/1 – Provisional agenda

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Confirmation of the rules of procedure

CCM/MSP/2019/3 – Rules of procedure

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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, was appointed Secretary-General of the 9MSP

Election of vice-presidents

Croatia, the Netherlands, Germany and Nicaragua were elected by acclamation as Vice-Presidents of the Meeting

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

CCM/MSP/2019/11 – Convention on Cluster Munitions Ninth Meeting of States Parties Progress Report — monitoring progress in implementing the Dubrovnik Action Plan

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CCM/MSP/2019/5 – Possible measures to address financial predictability and sustainability of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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Organization of work

CCM/MSP/2019/4 – Provisional annotated programme of work

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Informal presentation of requests for extension of deadlines submitted under Article 3 and 4 of the Convention and of the analysis of these requests

CCM/MSP/2019/12 – Methodology for requests of deadline extensions under Articles 3 and 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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  • The Article 3 Analysis Group presented a summary and analysis of Bulgaria’s extension request
  • Bulgaria provided clarification in response to the analyses of the Analysis Group
  • The Article 4 Analysis Group presented a summary and analysis of Germany’s extension request
  • Germany provided clarification in response to the analyses of the Analysis Group
  • The Article 4 Analysis Group presented a summary and analysis of Lao PDR’s extension request
  • Lao PDR provided clarification in response to the analyses of the Analysis Group

Extension requests documents submitted for consideration at the 9MSP can be found here

CCM/MSP/2019/10 – Analysis of Bulgaria’s request of deadline extension under Article 3 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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CCM/MSP/2019/6 – Analysis of Germany’s request of deadline extension under Article 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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CCM/MSP/2019/8 – Analysis of Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s request of deadline extension under Article 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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

(a) Universalization 

Coordinators, Chile and Panama, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in universalization of the Convention

Sri Lanka
The Philippines
Chile
New Zealand
Croatia
Lao PDR
Japan
Sweden
Mexico
Peru
The Netherlands
Germany
Australia
Austria
Canada (en français) – English translation
Argentina
Nigeria
Haiti
China
Zimbabwe
UNMAS
ICRC
CMC
Tanzania
Bangladesh
São Tomé and Príncipe

(b) Stockpile destruction and retention

Coordinators, Austria and Mozambique, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 3 of the Convention

South Africa
Switzerland
The Netherlands
Peru
ICRC
CMC
Australia

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

Coordinators, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Sweden, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 4 of the Convention

Sri Lanka
Croatia
Lao PDR
Montenegro
Iraq
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Afghanistan
Norway
Lebanon
Chile
Japan
Switzerland
South Sudan
GICHD
ICRC
CMC
Chad

d) Victim assistance

Coordinators, Ireland and Spain, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 5 of the Convention

Lao PDR
Slovenia
Belgium
Croatia
Mexico
Ecuador
Italy
Sweden
Japan
Australia
Chile
UNMAS
ICRC
CMC (en français) – English translation
Lebanon

(e) International cooperation and assistance 

Coordinators, the Netherlands and Peru, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention (Coordinators’ statement available in English and Spanish)

European Union
France
Croatia
United Kingdom
Cuba (en español) – English translation
Montenegro

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Informal sessions

Informal exchange on matters upon which decisions will be taken on Wednesday 4 September 2019

In depth exchange on the financial status of the Convention and discussion on the following document:

CCM/MSP/2019/5 – Possible measures to address financial predictability and sustainability of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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Ireland
Italy

Report by the 9MSP President on his consultations and discussion on the following document:

CCM/MSP/2018/WP.3 – Establishment of a Process for the Selection of the Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions – Submitted by Germany

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Informal exchange on thematic matters upon which decisions will be taken on Wednesday 4 September 2019

Informal discussions on the analysis and draft decisions on the 3 Extension Requests (extension request documents can be found here)

CMC’s comments on Bulgaria’s Extension Request under Article 3
CMC’s comments on Germany’s Extension Request under Article 4
CMC’s comments on Lao PDR’s Extension Request under Article 4

Informal exchange on the draft Final Report

WEDNESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

(e) International cooperation and assistance (continued)

Ireland
Italy
Sweden
Lao PDR
The Netherlands
Botswana
Chile
Germany
Iraq
Australia
Peru
Lebanon
Japan
GICHD
CMC

(f) Transparency measures 

Coordinator, Iraq, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 7 of the Convention

Mozambique
Japan
Mexico
CMC

(g) Compliance 

CMC
The Netherlands

(h) National implementation measures

Coordinator, New Zealand, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in the implementation of Article 9 of the Convention

The Netherlands
Lao PDR
Ireland
The Philippines
CMC
ICRC

(i) Selection process for future Convention Presidencies

The President presented a report on the further consultations held on this matter and on the outcomes of these consultations

CCM/MSP/2018/WP.3
Establishment of a Process for the Selection of the Presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions – Submitted by Germany

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(j) Implementation Support 

The ISU Director presented the 2018 annual report and the 2020 ISU work plan and budget

CCM/MSP/2019/7 – 2018 Annual report of the Implementation Support Unit of the Convention on Cluster Munitions – English

CCM/MSP/2019/2 – Implementation Support Unit 2020 Work Plan and Budget

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France
Japan
Canada (in French and English)

Consideration of requests submitted under Article 3 and Article 4 of the Convention

Delegations presented their views on the extension request submission under Article 3 of the Convention

Bulgaria
The Netherlands

Delegations presented their views on the extension request submission under Article 4 of the Convention

Preparations for the Second Review Conference of States Parties

H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament was elected as the President of the Second Review Conference (2RC).

CCM/MSP/2019/9 – Estimated costs of the 2020 Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and its Preparatory Committees

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H.E. Mr. Aidan Liddle, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Conference on Disarmament, was designated as President of the Tenth Meeting of States Parties (10MSP) scheduled for 2021

(k) Other matters important for achieving the aims of the Convention

  • Newly elected President of the Second Review Conference (2RC), H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, presented Switzerland’s priorities for the period leading to the 2RC

Financial status of the Convention

CCM/MSP/2019/5 – Possible measures to address financial predictability and sustainability of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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Consideration and adoption of the final document of the Meeting

CCM/MSP/2019/13 – Final Report

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Closure of the Meeting