For Reaching Critical Will of WILPF’s First Committee briefing book for states and others attending the UN General Assembly this October, INEW has set out the humanitarian problem of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, the current political context and recommendations for states at First Committee and beyond. Download the briefing here.
The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has been identified as a significant cause of harm to civilians in conflicts around the world. The bombardment and shelling of towns and cities has continued to cause widespread civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of infrastructure, often forcing the survivors to become internally displaced persons or refugees. This briefing, on Thursday 6 October at the UN in New York, will provide an update from the government of Austria and members of the... Read more
Held under the presidency of France, the debate is expected to hear addresses from the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read INEW’s briefing paper submitted to states in advance of the debate, encouraging them to intervene on the topic of explosive weapons, here. The debate can be watched online at http://webtv.un.org
In Istanbul in May 2016, the World Humanitarian Summit will aim to address some of the most serious challenges that states, international organisations and civil society face in responding to the needs of people caught up in conflict, disasters and other crises. The Secretary-General has identified explosive weapons as a key humanitarian problem. Austria and INEW will be hosting a side event on explosive weapons at the Summit. Read INEW’s briefing paper of the World Humanitarian Summit here.
A side event to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on “Explosive weapons in populated areas and the need to better protect civilians” will be held on Monday, 23 May, at 15:00-16:30. The location: Hisar (330 – Theater) in the Lüfti Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center (LKCC). The side event will hear a number of expert and state perspectives on this subject, including from the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the ICRC, UN OHCA, UNWRA and INEW. Read INEW’s briefing paper of... Read more
Explosive Weapons Use In Populated Areas: Understanding the Reverberating Effects and their Policy Implications
UNIDIR event Thursday, 19 May 2016, from 13:15 to 15:00 Conference Room XXII at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland As part of their project on the reverberating effects of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, UNIDIR is holding a lunchtime discussion to look at new research and explore a variety of perspectives on this aspect of the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons. The agenda and speakers are: 13:15 Welcoming Remarks Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Austria, Geneva Moderator: John... Read more
On 19 January 2016 states will debate the protection of civilians in armed conflict at the UN Security Council. INEW urges states to use the opportunity given by the debate to endorse the UN Secretary-General’s call on states to refrain from the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas, and to support the development of a new international political commitment on this humanitarian problem.
In advance of 32nd Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva this December, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has released a paper on “International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts.” The report includes a section on explosive weapons in populated areas, which the report notes remains “high on the international agenda.”
On 9 December at 6pm in Room 1 of the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland, a side event will be held on “The use of explosive weapons in populated areas and the need to better protect civilians.” The event will be hosted by Austria, Costa Rica, International Committee of the Red Cross, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Austrian Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross. For more information about the event, see here.
INEW recommends that during First Committee states should: Recognise that civilian harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is a humanitarian problem that must be addressed. Endorse the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation that the use in densely populated areas of explosive weapons with wide area effects should be avoided. Set out national policies and practices related to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, including in response to the Note Verbale sent by the UN Secretary-General to all states, via their... Read more
Austria and UN OCHA have invited a number of interested states, international and civil society organisations to join discussions towards expressing a stronger political commitment on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas with a view to strengthening civilian protection, an initiative which the United Nations Secretary-General explicitly welcomes in his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The meeting will highlight the humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and begin discussions about... Read more
In accordance with Article 12 (1) of the Convention and pursuant to the relevant decision of the Fifth Meeting of States Parties (2 to 5 September 2014, San Jose, Costa Rica) the First Review Conference will take place from 7 to 11 September 2014 in Dubrovnik (Croatia).
This event will take place on Wednesday 9 September 2015, 12.00-13.30 in Room Tajan. Rob Perkins from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) will present the latest global data on the immediate humanitarian impact of explosive weapons, from AOAV’s Explosive Weapon Survey. Mark Hiznay from Human Rights Watch (HRW) will speak about HRW’s field investigations and analysis of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in Yemen in 2015. Kimberley Brown from Save the Children will speak about the impact of explosive... Read more
On Monday 24 August, 12.30-1.30, in Conference Room 1, Third Floor, St Andrew’s, 30 The Terrace, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, Thomas Nash of Article 36, Marnie Lloyd of the New Zealand Red Cross and Edwina Hughes of Peace Movement Aotearoa will discuss the issues of explosive weapons in populated areas, as well as nuclear weapons and autonomous weapons.
INEW intersessional side event: ‘Protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas’
This event will take place between 13.15-14.30, at the World Meteorological Organisation building in Geneva, Switzerland. There will be contributions from Rob Perkins of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), who will discuss the latest global humanitarian impact data from AOAV’s Explosive Weapon Survey. A representative of Handicap International (HI) will speak on HI’s documentation of the impact of explosive weapons in Syria, highlighted in two recent reports on the situation in Kobani and across Syria as a whole. Christine Wille of Insecurity Insight... Read more
Second Preparatory Committee for the First Review Conference of the CCM in September 2015
Hosted by Austria and OCHA, this event will take place between 08.15-09.45 in Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Discussion will focus on evidence about the impact of explosive weapons in populated areas, including long-term effects and damage to infrastructure. It will examine how the protection of civilians from this harm can be improved through changing policy and practice, and how dialogue amongst humanitarian actors on this issue can be enhanced. The panel, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi of Austria, will... Read more
INEW calls on states to use the opportunity provided by the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Children in Armed Conflict on 18 June 2015 to address the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in populated areas.
Title of the meeting will be: “Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: humanitarian, legal, technical and military aspects”