Signing of Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo

Last updated: 08/06/2009 // Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will host the signing – by states from all over the world – of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The signing will take place in Oslo, from 3 to 4 December 2008.

Norway will be the first state to sign the Convention, which prohibits the use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions.

A father, a victim of cluster munitions, holds his son by the hand. Photo: Werner Anderson.

For decades, the use of cluster munitions has had unacceptable humanitarian and development consequences, both during conflicts and long after hostilities have ceased. The international community wants to put a stop to this, and earlier this year a historic ban on cluster munitions was negotiated by more than 100 states.

In addition to banning the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of such weapons, the Convention sets out clear obligations to assist victims and affected communities, clear cluster remnants, and destroy all stockpiles of cluster munitions.

 “The Convention is a milestone in international disarmament efforts and will help to prevent humanitarian suffering in the future,” commented Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

At least 23 developing countries are affected by cluster munitions, including Afghanistan, where this girl lives. Photo: Torbjørn Korsvold / FMS

The Convention on Cluster Munitions will be opened for signature in Oslo on 3 December, and a large number of countries are expected to attend this event.

All participating states are invited to make a statement on their implementation of the Convention and their plans for destroying stockpiles, helping victims, and taking part in international efforts to free the world from cluster munitions.

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