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Photo: The Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN/Vatne.Photo: The Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN/Vatne

The Sixth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place from 5 to 7 September 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Norway participated actively as Vice-President of the meeting and as Co-Coordinator for Clearance and Risk Reduction Education, together with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Photo: © ICRC / H. Hvanesian / sy-e-00318.

UNIDIR has newly published an Austrian and Norwegian supported report on the direct and long term impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

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Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development/Flickr/CC BY.

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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Photo: NF/Werner Anderson/Flickr/CC BY.

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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Nancy Sunday John, working with mine clearance in South Sudan. 
Photo: NF/Werner Anderson/Flickr/CC BY.

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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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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Photo: NPA.

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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Photo: Article 36.

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. 
Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND .

'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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