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The latest information on key developments, past and upcoming events, research, policy and advocacy news on explosive weapons issues.


INEW turns ten – a decade of progress and challenges

March 31, 2021

This week marks ten years since INEW was founded by a group of NGOs calling for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Press release: States to resume negotiations on Political Declaration on protecting civilians from shelling and bombing in towns and cities

March 3, 2021

Governments, international and civil society organisations will meet online on 3-5 March resuming negotiations of an international Political Declaration that will ultimately see states negotiate stronger rules that would protect civilians from use of explosive weapons in towns, cities and other populated areas.

Photo © Marc Garlasco

Protecting civilians from the reverberating effects of explosive weapons in populated areas

February 25, 2021

It is evident by now from data collection, evidence-gathering and research, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas Read More

INEW publishes response to latest draft declaration text

February 15, 2021

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) today published its detailed comments on the latest draft of the political declaration.

World Cities Day: How explosive weapons destroy cities and urban infrastructure

October 31, 2020

Today is World Cities Day. In many cities across the world it is a celebration of culture and community. Yet Read More

Ms. Mahpekay Sidiqi delivers statement on behalf of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) to UNGA’s First Committee

October 13, 2020

Statement by the International Network on Explosive Weapons to the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on International Security and Disarmament, New York. Delivered by Ms. Mahpekay Sidiqi, 13 October 2020.

Ireland hosts webinar on explosive weapons and protection of civilians

September 8, 2020

Ireland convened an online webinar on 7 September on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: Explosive Weapons in Populated Read More

AOAV releases latest annual report on explosive violence

September 7, 2020

This year’s report demonstrates a continued and consistent pattern of harm: when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, on average nine in every ten of the deaths and injuries caused were civilians. In 2019, of those reported harmed by explosive weapons in populated areas, 90% were civilians.

UN Security Council Virtual Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict

June 2, 2020

A short report on the UN Security Council’s virtual debate on the Secretary General’s recent report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Image: © UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Exploring the links between environmental harm and the use of explosive weapons

June 1, 2020

INEW member PAX’s post looks at the connection between the use of explosive weapons in populated areas the impact of conflict on the environment, and how this affects lives and livelihoods of civilians.

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