2011 Intersessional Meeting to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

27-30 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

At least 80 countries met between 27 - 30 June 2011 for the first four-day “intersessional” meeting on the Convention on Cluster Munitions to advance their commitments to a world free of cluster bombs.

It was deemed an intersessional meeting because it took place in between the required annual meetings of States Parties.

Government officials from States Parties, signatory states and non-signatories participated in discussions to take stock of the progress made so far in implementing the Convention on Cluster Munitions. 100 CMC campaigners from 40 countries participated in the meeting alongside international organisations including the UN and the ICRC.

This meeting took place almost one year since the Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force and following the adoption of the Vientiane Action Plan at the First Meeting of States Parties in Lao PDR in November last year. States engaged in discussions on the progress that has been made to implement the Convention, and the challenges that remain.  States shared news on progress to ratify or accede to the Convention, and efforts being undertaken to promote it to countries that have not yet joined. There was also an update on the preparations for the Second Meeting of States Parties (2MSP) that will take place in Beirut, Lebanon from 12-16 September 2011.

The CMC was actively involved in the meetings, delivering statements and calling on governments to report on concrete steps they have taken under the Vientiane Action Plan. You can read the CMC’s statements and find out more information by clicking on the links below.

See also the 2011 Intersessional Meeting webpage on the official convention website.