The Accra Regional Conference on the Universalisation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions took place from 28-30 May in Accra, Ghana. The conference aimed to boost universalisation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and supported Sub-Saharan African countries to take a leading role in the CCM. It was organized by the Government of the Republic of Ghana and was supported by UNDP.

Africa was instrumental in bringing about the treaty that bans cluster bombs. The meeting helped to momentum so that all African states join the treaty.

CMC Statements and Presentations

CMC Opening Statement

CMC Presentation on Universalisation

CMC Presentation on Interpretive Issues

CMC Statement on International Cooperation and Assistance

CMC Statement on Stockpile Destruction

CMC Statement on Victim Assistance

Media

CMC Press Release - Africa unites against cluster bombs

CMC Press Release (French) - L’Afrique s’unit contre les sous-munitions

Of the 49 Sub-Saharan African states (countries in bold attended the meeting in Accra):

  • 19 are States Parties:  Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Zambia
  • 22 are signatories and still need to ratify: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, the Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda
  • 8 have not yet joined the Convention: Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritius, South Sudan, Sudan, and Zimbabwe

For more information Official conference website

Lobbying information and support contact Amy Little, CMC Campaign Manager, amy@icblcmc.org