Photo: SwissTech Convention Center
President of the CCM 2nd Review Conference (2RC), H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament, hosted an informal virtual briefing on 8 June 2020 to update the CCM community on the process towards the Review Conference.
Ambassador Baumann informed that the First Preparatory Meeting would be an all-day meeting potentially on 29 June 2020 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. In consideration of Swiss national guidelines on gathering and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 situation, the First Preparatory Meeting of the 2RC that was scheduled for 8 June 2020 had to be postponed to a later date. A silence procedure to confirm the new date will be held this week. In keeping with national safety measures, options on the nature of this meeting were still being considered and would likely permit only one person per delegation or entity to attend the First Preparatory Meeting physically. To optimize inclusivity and productivity, the Meeting would be webcast for the benefit of those delegation members unable to be present in the conference room. Interpretation services in all six UN languages would also be made available for all participants.
During the briefing, the President provided an update on the three main documents of the 2RC: the Review Document, the Lausanne Action Plan (LAP) and the Political Declaration. He reminded that the first draft of the Review Document had already been circulated and that the numerous comments received on the Document were being incorporated. A revised version would be shared at a later date. A zero draft of the LAP was being developed by the presidency taking into consideration the comments provided by the CCM community and would serve as a basis for discussion at the First Preparatory Meeting. As the LAP will be a crucial tool for CCM implementation for the next five years, consultations on it would continue to be held up to the Second Preparatory Meeting scheduled for 4 September 2020. Elements of the Political Declaration would be presented ahead of the Second Preparatory Meeting for a substantial discussion during that Meeting. The three documents will be presented at the 2RC for adoption by CCM States Parties.
The First Preparatory Meeting would also start to consider institutional matters concerning the machinery of the Convention, implementation support and its financing as well as the financing of the Convention. The President assured that the Programme of Work would be circulated as soon as possible.
Ambassador Baumann was pleased to announce that the 2RC would be convened at the SwissTech Convention Center from 23 to 27 November 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He stated that the presidency, in partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), would launch a public photo exhibition in August to showcase the impact of cluster munitions. The exhibition would take place in several cities around Switzerland.
President of the 2nd Review Conference (2RC), H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament, held a virtual briefing on 18 June 2021 to provide an update on the process in the lead up to the hosting of Part 2 of the 2RC.
Ambassador Baumann reminded that due to the COVID-19 situation, States Parties to the Convention had agreed for the 2RC to take place in two parts. Part 1 was held in virtual format on 25-27 November 2020 and Part 2 has been further postponed until the health situation allows for the holding of the Conference in hybrid format. Since the beginning of the year, the President has continuously monitored the situation and provided States Parties with regular updates through letters.
The recent easing of gathering restrictions that came into effect on 31 May 2021 allows for conferences organized by international organizations to take place as long as certain conditions are met, such as occupying a maximum of half of the available seats in the venue and maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each seat. The Swiss Presidency had worked with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) to explore options for dates to conclude the Review Conference before the summer holidays. Unfortunately, due to various logistical obstacles, no feasible dates could be obtained during this period.
After consultation with the Coordination Committee, Ambassador Baumann affirmed that the most realistic option would be to hold the 2RC Part 2 during the week originally foreseen for the 10th Meeting of States Parties (10MSP), potentially on 20-21 September 2021, as a room had already been reserved for the event. A silence procedure to confirm the proposed new dates of the Conference will be held soon, followed by another briefing by the President in late August or early September.
President of the 2nd Review Conference, H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament, held an informal briefing on 27 August 2021 to provide information on the organization of Part 2 of the 2RC and update on the process in the lead up to the Conference. The briefing was held in hybrid format at the Palais des Nations where remote participation was also made possible.
During the briefing, Ambassador Baumann instructed on the programme of the 2RC Part 2, which States Parties have agreed by silence procedure to convene in hybrid format on 20-21 September 2021. He advised that the Conference will be held in 3 two-hour sessions each day (10:00-12:00 hrs, 13:00-15:00 hrs and 16:00-18:00 hrs) and that the high-level segment will be taking place during the first session of the Conference. Furthermore, he informed that the Article 4 extension requests of Afghanistan, Chile and Mauritania will be considered at the Conference.
Ambassador Baumann further notified that informal consultations will be held with CCM stakeholders on 6 and 13 September 2021 ahead of the 2RC Part 2 and that details of the meetings will be communicated by the Secretariat in due time.
Two formal preparatory meetings were also convened:
The Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP) elected H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament, as President of the Second Review Conference (2RC). The 9MSP also decided to convene two meetings in preparation for the 2RC, a full day each in Geneva on 8 June and 4 September 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, States Parties agreed that the First Preparatory Meeting be postponed to 29 June 2020. The Meeting was held that day at the Palais des Nations under national precautionary measures that limited the number of participants per delegation and required every person in the conference room to wear a face mask. For the benefit of those not able to be present in the room, the First Preparatory Meeting was webcast in all six official languages of the United Nations. The video recordings are available on UN Web TV: Part I and Part II
MONDAY 29 JUNE 2020
Opening of the Meeting
President of the Second Review Conference (2RC), H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament gave the opening address
CCM/MSP/2010/3 – Rules of procedure
Vice-Presidents of the 2RC
The Netherlands, Germany, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka were recommended as Vice-Presidents of the 2RC
Exchange of views on the preparation of documents for the Second Review Conference:
(a) Review of the operation and status of the Convention 2016-2020
CCM/CONF/2020/PM.1/WP.3 – Draft Review Document of the Dubrovnik Action Plan
(b) Lausanne Action Plan
CCM/CONF/2020/PM.1/WP.4 – Elements for the Lausanne Action Plan
Possible additional section on general implementation and
(c) Lausanne political declaration
(d) Implementation support
CCM/CONF/2020/PM.1/WP.5 – Elements for discussion on institutional aspects of the Implementation Support Unit
Status of assessed contributions to the Second Review Conference
UNODA gave an update on the level of contributions to the Second Review Conference
Updates on logistical and administrative matters
The 2RC President reminded the CCM community of the upcoming Second Preparatory Meeting and the Review Conference
The ISU Director gave an update on the CCM Sponsorship Programme
Consideration and adoption of a procedural report of the Meeting
CCM/CONF/2020/PM.1/2 – Final report
The Second Review Conference was held in two parts:
- The Second Review Conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (2RC) was planned to be held on 23-27 November 2020 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, States Parties agreed that the 2RC take place in two parts: on 25-27 November 2020 in virtual format and on 4-5 February 2021 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. Thereafter, States Parties agreed that second part of the 2RC will be postponed further until the health situation allows for the holding of the meeting.The first part of the 2RC was held on 25-27 November 2020 in virtual format. Video recordings of the Meeting are available on UN Web TV in all six official languages of the United Nations:
- Day 1: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
- Day 2: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
- Day 3: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2020
Opening of the Review Conference
H.E. Mr. Félix Baumann, President of the 2RC
Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Mr. Chue Por Vange, Cluster munition survivor from Lao PDR, Cluster Munition Coalition
Adoption of the agenda (CCM/CONF/2020/1)
Adoption of the rules of procedure (CCM/MSP/2010/3)
Election of vice-presidents
The Netherlands, Germany, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka were elected by acclamation as Vice-Presidents of the Conference
Organization of work
Adoption of the programme of work (CCM/CONF/2020/16)
Introduction by the President of draft documents and draft decisions
(a) Review of the operation and status of the Convention 2016-2020: Review Document of the Dubrovnik Action Plan (CCM/CONF/2020/13)
(b) Lausanne Action Plan (CCM/CONF/2020/14)
(c) Lausanne Political Declaration (CCM/CONF/2020/WP.1)
(d) Post Review Conference programme of meetings and machinery (CCM/CONF/2020/10)
(e) Decision on the finances of the Convention (CCM/CONF/2020/11)
Review of the operation and status of the Convention and other matters important
(a) Universalization (CCM/CONF/2020/12)
Coordinators, Chile and the Philippines, reported on the status of, progress and challenges in universalization of the Convention since the First Review Conference
Canada – French, English
THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2020
Review of the operation and status of the Convention and other matters important (continued)
(a) Universalization (CCM/CONF/2020/12) (continued)
MAG on behalf of the Global Protection Cluster
Closing remark by the Philippines
(b) Storage and stockpile destruction
Coordinators, Australia and Austria, reported on the status of progress and challenges in stockpile destruction since the First Review Conference
Closing remarks by Australia
(c) Clearance and destruction of cluster munition remnants and risk reduction education
Coordinators, Afghanistan and Sweden, reported on the status of progress and challenges in clearance and risk reduction education of the Convention since the First Review Conference
(d) Victim assistance
Coordinators, Mexico and Spain, reported on the status of progress and challenges in victim assistance since the First Review Conference
(e) International cooperation and assistance
Coordinators, Montenegro and the Netherlands, reported on the status of progress and challenges in international cooperation and assistance since the First Review Conference
(f) Transparency measures
Coordinator, Iraq, reported on the status of progress and challenges in transparency measures since the First Review Conference
FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2020
Review of the operation and status of the Convention and other matters important (continued)
(h) National implementation measures
Coordinator, New Zealand, reported on the status of progress and challenges in National Implementation Measures since the First Review Conference
The ISU Director presented the 2019 annual report, the 5-year (2021-2025) and 2021 work plans and budgets
Discussion on the Conference Room Paper 1
(j) Other matters important for achieving the aims of the Convention
Canada – joint Statement on behalf of Group of States
UNODA gave an update on the financial status of the Convention
Consideration of requests submitted under Article 3 and Article 4 of the Convention
Austria presented the draft decisions of the requests of Bulgaria and Peru on behalf of the Article 3 Analysis Group
The Netherlands presented the draft decisions of the requests of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Lebanon on behalf of the Article 4 Analysis Group
Adoption of the interim procedural report
Interim report of the 2RC (CCM/CONF/2020/L.1)