Round table discussion on promoting the establishment of Country Coalitions

An informal roundtable discussion on the Country Coalitions Concept under the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place on 13 March 2019 in Geneva. The event hosted by the Implementation Support Unit of the Convention was facilitated by Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties. The roundtable event was made possible as a result of the generous contribution of Canada.

The Country Coalitions Concept was launched in September 2017 by Germany, in its capacity as the President of the Seventh Meeting of States Parties, as an initiative that builds on a country specific approach to complying with CCM commitments. The purpose of the lunchtime discussion was to bring together States Parties with outstanding CCM Article 3 and 4 obligations to exchange experiences on the numerous benefits of such a customized approach.

In that context, 16 States Parties gathered to share views and exchange best practices on the benefits of establishing country coalition partnerships to ensure the timely completion of CCM obligations. Two States Parties that have recorded progress in the implementation of their Article 4 obligations through the implementation of such a model also shared their successful experiences as a means to encourage other States Parties with outstanding obligations to establish similar partnerships.

Bronze medal for 2018 annual transparency report awarded to two States

Australia and Austria not only have similar names but they have submitted their 2018 annual transparency report at the same time this year. For this reason, they are jointly awarded the bronze medal for the timely submission of their reports. Congratulations!

Australia and Austria join Saint Kitts and Nevis and Costa Rica in setting an example of submitting their annual transparency report well before the due date of 30 April 2019. Under Article 7 of the Convention, States Parties are required to submit updated information covering the previous calendar year (1 January to 31 December) to the UN Secretary General annually.

States are requested to submit a copy of their report to the ISU at info@cmconvention.org

Report templates are available in all six UN languages and can be accessed here.

Second 2018 annual transparency report submitted

Costa Rica is the second State Party to have submitted its annual transparency report this year, well in advance of the due date of 30 April 2019. ¡Enhorabuena!

Costa Rica joins the gold-medalist, Saint Kitts and Nevis, in demonstrating the importance of submitting its annual transparency report on time, as required by Article 7 of the Convention.

Report templates and submission instructions can be found here.

Signatory States and States not Party attend CCM universalization meeting

On Wednesday 6th February 2019, Chile and Panama, CCM Coordinators on Universalization, hosted an informal meeting with signatory States and States not Party to the CCM at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event was organized in the margins of the 22nd International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers.

The objective of the meeting was to provide signatory States and States not Party with a platform to exchange views and experiences regarding the CCM universalization process.  9 representatives from 3 Signatory States and 5 States not Party participated.

Presentations were given by the ISU, CMC and ICRC. The Coordinators and panelists also responded to the queries of the country representatives.

 

First 2018 annual transparency report submitted

For 2 consecutive years Saint Kitts and Nevis is the first CCM State Party to have submitted its annual transparency report. Thank you Saint Kitts for leading by example!
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) and should be sent to the UN Secretary-General, via the Office for Disarmament Affairs at ccm@un.org. The ISU would also appreciate a copy of the submitted report at info@cmconvention.org.

To facilitate reporting, States Parties are recommended to use the reporting template, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

The Philippines joins the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Congratulations to the government of the Philippines on its ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), thereby becoming State Party no. 106 of the Convention. The Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York on 3 January 2019; in accordance with Article 17(2), the Convention will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 July 2019.

Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP), applauds this important decision and wholeheartedly welcomes the Philippines as the 106th State Party of the CCM. He also calls on Signatory States and States not Party to ratify or accede to the Convention as a matter of priority.

The Gambia ratifies the Convention on Cluster Munitions

The Republic of The Gambia deposited its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 12 December 2018.

H.E. Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, President of the 9th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (9MSP), warmly congratulates the Republic of The Gambia for ratifying the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and welcomes  it as the 105th State Party to the Convention.

The ratification of the Convention by the Republic of The Gambia renders the goal of 130 CCM States Parties by the Second Review Conference in 2020 more achievable.

UNGA votes on 2018 CCM Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted on the latest draft Resolution on the “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions” on 5 December 2018. This document was submitted by Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP) to the CCM, and co-sponsored by 42 States Parties of the Convention.

The votes were conducted in two parts on this occasion: the first vote was on the preambular paragraph 14 (PP14) of the Resolution, taking note of the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament; and the second on the Resolution as a whole.

  • The poll on the PP14 of the Resolution recorded 153 States votes in favour, none against, and 18 abstentions.
  • The draft Resolution was adopted as a whole by the UNGA with a record of 144 Yes votes, 1 No, and 38 abstentions.

The voting pattern on the CCM Resolutions since 2015 demonstrates an increase of Yes votes annually and a decrease in No votes in 2018 as illustrated by the table below:

In this fourth CCM Resolution adopted by the UNGA, the importance of the full and effective implementation of and compliance with the Convention is reiterated. The 9MSP President, Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of Sri Lanka, urges all States outside the Convention to join as soon as possible and all States Parties to promote adherence to the Convention.

For more information on the 2018 CCM Resolution, click here.

The CCM celebrates 10th anniversary of its Signature

To commemorate the signing of the treaty that took place in Oslo 10 years ago, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva hosted an informal celebratory event on 3 December 2018.

Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway, warmly welcomed Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (9MSP), and all the other attendees to the reception at the Norwegian residence in Geneva. In his speech, Ambassador Brattskar highlighted the CCM as a “striking multilateral achievement” and called for the CCM community to “continue to invoke the evidence demonstrating the unacceptable humanitarian harm caused by cluster munitions”. He expressed Norway’s appreciation of the unique partnership between States, international organizations, research institutes, civil society actors and all other stakeholders in the enduring success of the CCM.