Action Plan on Cluster Munitions Approved 15 Nov 2010
A comprehensive Action Plan for the eradication of Cluster Munitions has been agreed by States Parties to the Convention.

From 9-12 November 2010, the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions took place in Vientiane, Laos. At the conclusion of the meeting a comprehensive Action Plan was approved to eradicate cluster munitions.

According to the ‘Vientiane Declaration’ and Action Plan, States have agreed to condemn any use of cluster munitions, accelerate progress towards clearing cluster bombs and destroying stockpiles, and expand the coverage of services for victims and survivors of the munitions. The Action Plan sets out steps, actions and targets to be completed within specific time periods, alongside defined roles and responsibilities.

Although not legal requirements, the actions are designed to assist states in their implementation of the Convention, as well as influence other non-state parties on the non-use of Cluster Munitions. The ultimate goal is universalisation of the Convention.

Convention on Cluster Munitions

Concluded by the Dublin Diplomatic Conference in 2008, the Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions. The Convention also addresses assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas and destruction of stockpiles.

The Convention is the result of the Oslo-process, a diplomatic process that included states, civil society, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as the United Nations.

The Convention was opened for signature on 3 December 2008 and entered into force on 1 August 2010 – six months after its ratification by 30 States Parties. As of November 2010, 46 states have ratified the Convention while a further 62 states are signatories, but are yet to ratify.

Convention on Cluster Munitions

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