About the process
In October 2019 Austria hosted an international conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare. At the close of the conference, Ireland announced it would hold a series of consultations with a view towards developing a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
- For INEW’s briefing ahead of the consultations, see here
- For the agenda, see here
- For the concept note, see here
- For an initial response by Reaching Critical Will, WILPF, see here
- Following this consultation, Ireland published “Draft Elements of a Political Declaration” paper as the basis for ongoing discussions
The agenda will closely follow the structure of the Draft Elements text circulated by Ireland which is structured as follows:
Part A (Preamble)
- Section 1: Problems and Challenges
- Section 2: International Humanitarian Law
Part B (Operative Section)
- Sections 3 & 4: Operational and Other Commitments
The INEW statement to the consultations can be found here
INEW's summary of the discussion can be found here
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