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Photo: CC/BY/Charly W. Karl.Photo: CC/BY/Charly W. Karl

The Instrument of Ratification was submitted to the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 19 April 2016, making Palau the 100th State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munition (CCM).

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Norwegian People’s Aid have lately started survey and clearance operations in Western Sahara through funding from the Norwegian MFA. Recently, the very first mine was discovered and destroyed.

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Nancy Sunday John, working with mine clearance in South Sudan. 
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Across the world amazing, powerful and inspirational women do important work in mine action and clearance. On 8 March, the International Women’s Day, we would like to also celebrate them and their work.

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Colombia remains one of the most landmine-contaminated countries in the world. On 5 February 2016 US President Barack Obama launched a joint US-Norwegian global anti-landmine initiative that will raise awareness of the issue of humanitarian mine clearance and the goal to make Colombia mine-free by 2021.

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The Broken Chair is a symbol to remember the plight of landmine victims and encourage States to commit themselves to the prohibition of cluster munitions. 
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Norway supports Costa Rica’s call for 100 States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2015.

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Sri Lanka will soon become the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. The announcement was made during the first International Pledging Conference for the Implementation for the Convention, recently held in Geneva.

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Developing countries have less influence and participate less in initiatives on disarmament and protection of civilians, a Norwegian-funded study finds. However, diversity among the participants in such forums can be decisive.

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Former State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bård Glad Pedersen. 
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'The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported findings that indicate that cluster munitions were used in an attack on the city of Luhansk on 27 January. ‘It is completely unacceptable that cluster munitions have been used in the conflict in Ukraine. Norway condemns all use of cluster munitions,’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bård Glad Pedersen.

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Which laws regulate the use of nuclear weapons? The book “Nuclear Weapons under International Law” tries to critical review international law governing nuclear weapons under key international law regimes, a presentation that is unique in its approach. The Geneva Academy and the International Law and Policy Institute, Oslo (ILPI) organised a panel discussion on the matter on 23 October.

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