Each year, governments, the CMC, and international organizations gather for Meetings of States Parties and Intersessional Meetings.
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
Since 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopts an annual resolution in support of the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. States conduct a primary vote on the resolution at the First Committee meeting in October, followed by final vote on the resolution by states at the UNGA in December.
The CMC calls on states to use the First Committee meeting 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.
The voting record (list of states that voted in favour, abstained or against) is available through the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs' database.
- In 2017, UNGA Resolution 72/54 on implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions received 142 votes in favour, 2 against, and 36 countries abstained.
- 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 39 countries abstained.