Each year governments, the CMC, and international organizations gather for the Meeting of States Parties and the Intersessional Meeting.
During these meetings progress in universalizing and implementing the Convention on Cluster Munitions is assessed, and challenges addressed. The CMC has an observer status at these meetings, and at the Review Conferences that measures overall progress every five years. The CMC brings expertise from affected areas, makes sure the voices of cluster munition survivors are heard, shares research and analysis of progress made, discusses with governments to ensure they respect their commitments, hosts side events, and provides information to the media.
United Nations General Assembly: First Committee Meetings and Resolution
Like in 2015, in 2016 the United Nations General Assembly will adopt a resolution in support of the implementation of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. States will conduct a primary vote on the resolution at the First Committee meeting in October, which will be followed by final vote on the resolution by states at the UNGA’s 71st Session in December.
The CMC calls on states to use the First Committee meetings and the 71st Session of the UNGA in New York, to:
- Accede to or ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions
- Promote the universalization and implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in statements and in bilateral meetings
- Vote in favor of the annual UNGA Resolution on Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Download the ICBL-CMC's 2016 Briefing Paper for States.
The voting record (list of states that voted in favour, abstained or against) is available through the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs' database.
- In 2016, UNGA Resolution 71/45 on implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions received 141 votes in favour, 2 against, and 39 countries abstained.
- In 2015, UNGA Resolution 70/54 on implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions received 139 votes in favour, 2 against, and 40 countries abstained.