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Fourth Intersessional Meeting Concludes in Geneva


CMC Campaigner and Ban Advocate Lynn Bradach addresses the Intersessional Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on Victim Assistance © CMC

(9 April-Geneva,Switzerland) The President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Zambian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Namulambe called on States to “remain committed to achieve the aims of the Convention,” today at the closing of the Treaty’s Intersessional Meeting. “ I urge signatories and states not yet party to expedite the process to reach a cluster munition-free world,” the President said.

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Fourth Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions


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Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013 © CMC

The Fourth Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-9 April 2014. The lifesaving Convention on Cluster Munitions bans cluster munitions and requires clearance of contaminated areas and assistance to victims.

This Intersessional meeting brings together government representatives from States Parties, signatory states and non-signatory states to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in addition to UN agencies, international organizations, civil society and cluster munition survivors.

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When the ground isn’t safe – playing football in the shadow of cluster bombs


Mini and his team members in Sweden © Per Friske

19-year-old Mini Phanthavong is a talented football player from Phonsavan, a town about 400km north of Laos’ capital Vientiane. At the age of 16, he joined his football-playing friends on an incredible journey to Sweden, where they competed in the largest youth football tournament of the world.  

Playing football in Sweden is different from playing in Laos. Not only is Sweden on the other side of the world and has it got lots of lush flat grass to play on; in Sweden Mini did not have to fear kicking the ball off the football pitch into a cluster bomb contaminated area.

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In a nationwide initiative organised by CMC member, Landmines Resource Centre for Lebanon, a member of the Lebanese army teaches school children about Mine Risk Education and the danger of cluster munitions, mines, UXO & ERW. ©Landmines Resource Centre for Lebanon

(London 4 April 2014): All states should prioritise the protection of civilians by joining the treaty banning cluster munitions and addressing their deadly legacy, said the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) today on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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Zambian President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions visits most heavily affected country Laos


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Soksai Sengvongkham shows Zambian Minister Hon. Wylbur C. Simuusa  around the COPE visitor centre, Laos © COPE

In his capacity as President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Zambian Minister Hon. Wylbur C. Simuusa has paid a visit to Laos.

Laos is the country most heavily contaminated by cluster munition remnants, left over from bombings during the Indochina War of the 1960s and 1970s. During this period the United States dropped over 2 million tons of ordnance over Laos in 580,000 bombing missions. At least 270 million cluster bomblets were dropped as part of the bombing campaign; approximately 80 million failed to detonate.

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