"We have strengthened international humanitarian law and we have made the world a safer place. We have secured a framework of assistance for the innocent people harmed by these inhumane weapons. This is definitely a day of celebrations, said Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations,” Mr. Morten Wetland.
In addition, the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations from Ireland and Laos, as well as several civil society representatives, took the floor. Norway’s strong engagement and the inclusive process leading up to the agreement were emphasised as important for the Convention on Cluster Munitions now coming into effect.
The first meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions will be held in Laos at the end of this year. Laos is the country which is most affected by cluster munitions in the world today.