The ban on cluster munitions highlighted in New York

2/24/2010 // Burkina Faso and Moldova delivered their instruments of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to the United Nations this month. That means the necessary 30 states has been reached for the treaty to enter into force August 1st, 2010. The occasion was marked by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations with a reception at the United Nations Headquarter Building, Friday 19 February.

"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.

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