The Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions was held in Geneva from 16-18 April, following a day devoted to technical workshops on 15 April. The meeting gathered 464 delegates from 103 states, UN organisations, the ICRC and civil society.
As President of the Third Meeting of States Parties (3MSP) to the Convention, Ambassador Steffen Kongstad opened and closed the Meeting, which was chaired by the Coordinators of the various Working Groups. A number of states, including Norway in the President’s opening statement, condemned the sustained and unacceptable use of cluster munitions by the Syrian regime.
The Intersessional Meeting provided a useful venue for informal exchanges of views on progress made and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Convention’s provisions, including on stockpile destruction, clearance and risk reduction education, victim assistance, international cooperation and assistance, as well as on the Convention’s general status and operation. . Updates at the meeting showed that the rapid progress especially on stockpile destruction continues, preventing future harm caused by such weapons. The meeting also saw several side events (focusing on the use of cluster munitions in Syria, on investment in cluster munitions production and on data collection and rights of victims).
In the side bar you can find the statements made by Norway during the Meeting, as well as a presentation made during the technical workshop on international cooperation and assistance.