The disarmament team at the Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva works to support Norway’s objective to make an active contribution to processes of international disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destructions, in relevant multilateral forums. Particular emphasis is put on humanitarian disarmament, which place the humanitarian and developmental consequences of the use of weapons at the forefront. The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (MBC) are important instruments in this regard. Norway played an active role in the development of both conventions, and the work with these conventions is a high priority at the Mission. The Mission has also worked closely with Oslo in preparing the conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, which took place in Oslo 4-5 March 2013. In addition, the Mission follows other disarmament processes and forums that take place in Geneva, including amongst others the Conference on Disarmament (CD), the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions as well as other relevant actors gathered in Geneva 16. - 19. april 2012 for the convention's intersessional meetings. These informal meetings allow for discussion and consultations on the implementation of the convention, and help strengthen the norm that keeps state- and non-state actors from using or obtaining cluster munitions. Read more
States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and non-governmental organisations convened at the Meeting of Experts for discussions on Mines Other Than Anti-Personnel Mines (MOTAPM) 2 - 4 April 2012. Norway's statement was delivered by H.E. Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, and stresses the humanitarian impact of anti-vehicle mines. Read more
Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen addressed the Conference on Disarmament at its last meeting of the Chilean Presidency. Read more
“At last it is clear that the convention banning cluster munitions will enter into force, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more
In its statement to the Meeting of States Parties to the BTWC on 7 December, Norway highlighted i.a. the need for developing new synergies and building stronger partnerships with organizations that survey and combat disease on a daily basis, such as the WHO, FAO and the OIE, as well as the need to strengthen Confidence Building Measures. Read more
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Raymond Johansen was one of the key actors in the celebration of the tenth anniversay of the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva March 2. Read more