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UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, New York

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 Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York.
  • Indicate support for the development of an international commitment to reduce harm from the use of explosive weapons, including by stopping the use in populated areas of explosive weapons with wide area effects.

Read INEW’s contribution to Reaching Critical Will of WILPF’s First Committee Briefing Book.

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