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


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.

UNOCHA, ICRC & UNODA warn of ‘deadly mix’ of COVID-19 and conflict, highlights explosive weapons use as particular cause for concern

May 27, 2020

In an oped coinciding with the UN Security Council debate on the protection of civilians, the heads of OCHA, ODA and the ICRC call for action to prevent further deterioration of the world’s most fragile healthcare systems, including avoiding use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas.
Image: © Rawan Shaif/MSF

UN Secretary-General emphasises continued civilian suffering in annual report on the protection of civilians in conflict

May 26, 2020

New report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict issued on 6 May 2020 In his new report on the Read More

INEW publishes briefing on protecting civilians from EWIPA ahead of UNSC debate on protection of civilians

May 14, 2020

In its latest briefing, INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).
Image: A man inspects an unexploded missile in the rebel-held besieged al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

INEW repsonds to Germany’s “Food for Thought” paper on implementation of a political declaration on EWIPA

May 14, 2020

INEW today published comments on Germany’s Food for Thought Paper on national implementation of the future political declaration on ‘Strengthening the protection of Civilians from Humanitarian Harm arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.”
Image: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

INEW publishes commentary on draft political declaration

April 2, 2020

INEW has published key comments on the draft political declaration text (dated 17 March 2020), highlighting the most significant changes that INEW would like to see in the next version in order to provide stronger humanitarian protections. 

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