The Seventh Meeting of States Parties
4-6 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
The Seventh Meeting of States Parties (7MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions will place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 4 to 6 September 2017.
The 7MSP will provide an opportunity for States Parties to present progresses, challenges, plans and needs for assistance and cooperation to achieve their convention obligations and the commitments they made under the 2015 Dubrovnik Action Plan (DAP) and the Dubrovnik declaration.
The 7MSP will be presided over by Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany. The meeting is open to States Parties, states not party, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions opened for signature in 2008 and entered into force in 2010. To date 119 states have joined the convention, of which 102 are States Parties and the remaining 17 are signatories that have yet to ratify. Madagascar was the most recent state to ratify the convention on 20 May 2017.
- Official documents, including Note Verbale, invitation letter and intructions to register can be found on the convention's Implementation Support Unit's website
- To prepare and register for the 7MSP download CMC's Memo for Government Delegates
- The Convention on Cluster Munitions universalization brochure
- 'We Can Stop Cluster Bombs' logo
- Convention on Cluster Munitions status
- Dubrovnik Action Plan (DAP) and Dubrovnik Declaration
- How states can take action
- All CMC materials can be found in the resources section of the CMC website.
- Stop Explosive Investments: On 23 May 2017, CMC member organisation PAX (Netherlands) published the eigth update of the report 'Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: A shared responsibility'.The report is available on the Stop Explosive Investments website. Key findings of the report will be presented to delegates at the 7MSP.
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Cluster Munition Monitor
- Cluster Munition Monitor 2017 report will be launched on 31 August 2017 at the UN Office in Geneva. Journalists can get in touch by firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +41 22 920 0320 (Geneva).
In the lead up to the 7MSP:
Cooperating to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions: the country coalitions concept
The President of the 7th Meeting of States Parties (7MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany, in collaboration with the EU European External Action Service, convened a seminar entitled “Cooperating to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions: the country coalition concept” on 16 and 17 March in Bangkok. The seminar aimed to promote “future developments impacting the implementation of the Convention”. Representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand and the Cluster Munition Coalition’s campaigners from Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as members Norwegian People's Aid, Mines Advisory Group and Handicap International led by CMC director, Ms. Megan Burke, actively took part in the seminar. Other key stakeholders such as GICHD, HALO Trust, UNDP and the ICRC were also represented.
CMC campaigners attending the seminar ©CMC
Ms. Wiboonrat Chanchoo a member of national campaign in Thailand delivered a statement to share survivors’ perspectives on the implementation of the convention and highlighted pressing needs of survivors that must be addressed. Ms. Chanchoo also called on governments of Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to accede to the convention.
Ms. Wiboonrat Chanchoo (left) in her hometown, Tambon Pan Suek in Aranyaprathet District, Sakaeo Province with local survivors, 2014 ©Loren Persi/ICBL-CMC
Ms. Chanchoo is the leader of the Committee for Persons with Disabilities in her hometown, Tambon Pan Suek in Aranyaprathet District, Sakaeo Province. She has long worked with the ICBL and CMC; locally, as the head of an organization for landmine survivors and people with disabilities in her Subdistrict, as well as nationally and internationally, including representing Thai survivors at various coordination meetings here, in her home country of Thailand, and at several key meetings of the disarmament conventions in Geneva and around the world. She has also represented Thailand’s effort to promote the women, peace, and security agenda at the UN. Leading always by example, Ms. Wiboonrat, who herself stepped on a landmine in 1996 while cutting bamboo near the Thai-Cambodia border, determinedly works to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities in her community and identify practical means to meet their needs, including through the formation of self-help groups and a network of survivors in her community.
Following the Bangkok Workshop, an second event on country coalitions was held in June 2017 in Rakitje, Croatia. The workshop on "Enhancing the Implementation of Articles 3 & 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in South East Europe: The Country Coalitions Concept" was convened by Germany, hosted by RACVIAC and supported by the Implementation Support Unit of the Convention. Participants from the region and beyond shared information on the status of CCM implementation at the national level, and shared their views on the country coalitions concept. The CMC was represented, along with CMC members Mines Advisory Group and Norwegian People's Aid.
Kampala Ratification Seminar
On 29 and 30 May 2017, representatives of nine African states that have signed the convention but still need to ratify it, gathered in Kampala (Uganda) to discuss challenges and solutions towards ratification. The event was convened by Zambia and France, as Coordinators of the Working Group on Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, while Uganda acted as a co-host. The CMC was represented by Margaret Arach Orech, Director of the Uganda Landmine Survivors Association.