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- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2018/889) [EN/AR]
- Western Sahara Represented by ‘Shadow Republic’, Says Petitioner as Fourth Committee Continues Decolonization Discussion
- Security Council Adopts Resolution 2440 (2018), Authorizing Six-Month Extension for United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara
- Rising Unrest in Sahel Spells Need to Resolve Long-Standing Western Sahara Dispute, Say Delegates as Fourth Committee Concludes Decolonization Debate
- How the latest AU decision on Western Sahara could affect other crises
Floods caused by ten straight days of heavy rain are likely worsening the threat posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the area of Western Sahara. Since the flood waters have not yet receded, it is impossible yet to quantify the damages or to assess the actual extent of the risk posed to civilians and their livelihoods by the mines and ERW that have likely been displaced outside of already known marked areas.
According to Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 released today
(Bangkok, 1 November 2010) - The destruction of millions of stockpiled cluster submunitions years before deadlines mandated under the Convention on Cluster Munitions-a legally-binding treaty banning the weapon which entered into force on 1 August 2010-shows the treaty's effectiveness in saving civilian lives, according to Cluster Munition Monitor 2010, a report released today.
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia have signed and ratified the CCM. African states made up 20% of the first 30 ratifications to trigger the entry into force of the CCM.
Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have yet to sign the CCM.
Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, and Swaziland adopted the CCM at the end of negotiations in Dublin, but have not yet signed.
Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria
Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.
Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria
Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.
On 21 May, the Polisario Front (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguía el Hamra and Río de Oro) destroyed 2,000 antipersonnel mines at Tifariti in Western Sahara. According to data provided by Polisario, this included mines of Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Belgian, Romanian, former Yugoslav and Soviet manufacture.
The ICBL welcomes the latest destruction by the Polisario Front of some of its remaining arsenal of antipersonnel landmines, and encourages Polisario to make a voluntary public accounting of its remaining mine stocks and a schedule for their destruction.
On 27 February, the Polisario Front (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguía el Hamra and Río de Oro) destroyed 3,321 antipersonnel mines at Tifariti in Western Sahara.
The sovereignty of Western Sahara remains the subject of dispute between the government of Morocco and the Polisario Front. Polisario's Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a member of the African Union, but is not universally recognized.