1MSP plenary
CMC Coordinator Thomas Nash addresses the plenary at the First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in November 2010. Photo credit: Stan Fradelizi / CMC

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FIRST MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS 

Date: 9-12 November 2010
Host: Government of Lao PDR and United Nations
Location: Vientiane, Lao PDR
Official website: http://www.clusterconvention.org/1msp/ 
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The First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (1MSP) took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 9-12 November 2010. This was a defining moment in the life of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. This meeting laid the foundation for future engagement on the Convention by bringing together for the first time States Parties to the treaty, UN agencies, international organisations, civil society, and cluster bomb survivors. States shared progress and plans for implementation, and drew up a blueprint to translate the treaty into action and meet the lifesaving obligations they have consented to be bound by.

Lao PDR is a highly appropriate venue for the Convention’s 1MSP. Lao PDR is the most heavily bombed country in the world, and the scale of devastation caused by cluster bombs is immense and shocking. Known locally as “bombies,” unexploded cluster submunitions are still commonplace in Lao PDR nearly four decades after armed conflict ended. Government surveys have recorded more than 50,000 civilian casualties caused by cluster bombs, landmines and other unexploded ordnance since 1964, and widespread contamination by explosive remnants of war hinders development. Holding such a meeting in an affected country helps to remind government officials and other participants why the treaty exists and why it must be implemented. The Convention’s Second Meeting of States Parties will take place in Lebanon, another heavily affected country, in September 2011.

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CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

OUTCOME DOCUMENTS

Download the Vientiane Declaration and the Vientiane Action Plan here.

CMC STATEMENTS

Tuesday, 9 Nov. 2010

Wednesday, 10 Nov. 2010

Thursday, 11 Nov. 2010

Friday, 12 Nov. 2010

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MEDIA

MEDIA COVERAGE

1MSP media coverage report

PRESS RELEASES

PHOTOS

Visit the CMC Flickr photostream to view photos from the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Vientiane.


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DAILY UPDATES

Katherine Harrison of Action on Armed Violence and Allison Pytlak of Religions for Peace filed the following daily updates summarising the official proceedings at the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions:

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SCHEDULE

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

Official 1MSP programme

SIDE EVENTS

During the course of the First Meeting of States Parties, civil society participants from around the world offered dozens of side events on their work and on humanitarian issues related to the cluster munition problem. Download the official side events programme here:

Official side events programme - 1MSP

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1MSP “GET ON BOARD” LOGOS

Get on board: Ban Cluster bombs

Get on board: No more cluster bombs

Get on board: The Convention on Cluster Munitions

Get on board: www.stopclustermunitions.org

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ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

In Vientiane on 7 July 2010 there was a 1MSP launch event hosted by the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The event aimed to raise the profile of the preparations towards the 1MSP and was attended by about 100 people including ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the UN and many NGOs, Lao university students, and Lao press.

Speech by Alexandra Hiniker 7 July 2010

CMC fact sheet, From Words to Action on Cluster Bombs - Questions and answers on the CCM in 2010

CMC policy papers on the First Meeting of States Parties and implementation of the CCM

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

CMC memo to campaigners

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GETTING READY FOR THE 1MSP

In the 10 weeks prior to the 1MSP, the CMC circulated weekly messages on different topics of the meeting and Lao PDR to prepare campaigners for the experience.

Read the messages here.