Cluster Munition Coalition Newsletter - Issue 27, October 2010
Convention on Cluster Munitions promoted at UN disarmament discussions
A special event on the Convention on Cluster Munitions took place on 19 October 2010 in New York during the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. The event was co-hosted by Lao PDR and Japan and chaired by Mr Jarmo Sareva from UN ODA. A special opening message was given by Ms. Asha Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General. Remarks were given by Mr. Akio Suda, Permanent Representative of Japan to CD; Ms. Kanika Phommachanh, Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to UN; Mr. Walter Fuellemann, Head of Delegation, ICRC; Mr. Thomas Nash, Coordinator, Cluster Munition Coalition. Cape Verde hands over its instrument of ratification to the UN's Office of Legal Affairs. Photo Credit: Laura Cheeseman
Cape Verde deposited its instrument of ratification at the event, making it the 43rd country to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Other states took the opportunity to give updates on their intention to ratify, accede to and implement the CCM. Many states also confirmed their participation at the First Meeting of States Parties which will take place in Lao PDR from 9-12 November, 2010.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions featured prominently in government's statements to the UN First Committee on disarmament and international security.
See Reaching Critical Will's First Committee Monitor at: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/political/1com/FCM.html A representative of the government of Swaziland speaks at the special event. Photo credit: Laura Cheeseman
The UN Deputy Secretary General said that entry into force 'demonstrated the world's collective revulsion on the impact of cluster munitions' and urged all states to ratify and accede to the Convention without delay. Lao PDR recalled the horrendous scale of the problem of cluster munitions in Lao PDR, gave an update on its preparations for the 1MSP and invited all states to participate. Japan, in its role as Friend of the President on universalisation called on states to ' undertake concrete actions to bring countries onboard'. The ICRC reminded states that they are now legally bound on their commitments, and required to begin stockpile destruction, clearance and victim assistance as well as international assistance and cooperation. The CMC called on all states to 'get on board' the Convention and to 'deliver results' to alleviate suffering of individuals and communities already affected.
A number of campaigners gathered in New York to lobby governments who were attending UN First Committee.