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Declaration Negotiations

Consultations to develop a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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© Streets of Gaza during Israel’s bombing, May 2021 © NPA Palestine/Mohammed Zaanoun.

Harm

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes broad, substantial and ongoing harm.
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Destruction in Gaza, 27 July 2014 during a brief 12 cessation of hostilities, families returned to Shujaiya in eastern Gaza, scene of some of the heaviest Israeli bombing. ©Iyad al Baba/Oxfam

Political response

INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Resources

New resources from INEW on the newly agreed Political Declaration
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Events

INEW organises, hosts and participates in a range of meetings, conferences and other events related to explosive weapons use
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Welcome to INEW

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is an NGO partnership calling for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Explosive weapons include improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as well as explosive ordnance such as mortars, rockets, artillery shells and aircraft bombs.  These weapons use blast and fragmentation to kill and injure people in the area around the point of detonation. When used in public places, this area-effect means that innocent people are often severely affected.  Data indicate that between 80 and 90% of those killed and injured are civilians; still more are affected when there is damage to vital infrastructure (such as schools, hospitals, housing and water and sanitation systems).

INEW believes that this suffering can be reduced and unnecessary deaths and injuries prevented.  We are calling on states and other actors to face up to this problem as a policy challenge, to meet the needs of victims and survivors, to review their national practices and to come together to develop stronger international standards to curb this pattern of violence.  INEW members undertake research and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the problem and the concrete steps that can be taken to address it.

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Dublin Conference to Adopt the Political Declaration on Explosive Weapons

November 18, 2022

  19 November 2022 – Today in Dublin 82 countries officially endorsed the Political Declaration on the Protection of Civilians from Read More

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Statement by the International Network on Explosive Weapons at the Dublin Conference to adopt the political declaration

November 18, 2022

INEW statement delivered by Laura Boillot at the Dublin Conference to adopt the political declaration on explosive weapons on 18 Read More

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Global Civil Society Forum in Dublin maps out how to limit suffering caused by explosive weapons in populated areas

November 17, 2022

On Thursday 17 November, survivors of armed conflict, activists, and civil society organizations, alongside representatives of governments, UN agencies, and Read More

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PRESS RELEASE: States set to adopt first ever international agreement to protect civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

November 16, 2022

Over 70 states are expected to sign on to the first international explosive weapons declaration to protect civilians in populated Read More

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Power of the Pen: Calls for States to Endorse the Political Declaration in Dublin

November 11, 2022

 Do you know the Power of The Pen? INEW and its partners call on States to endorse the international Read More

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All Eyes on Dublin: Civil Society Forum and Conference to Endorse the Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas Next Week, 17 and 18 November

November 10, 2022

On 18 November, states will gather in Dublin, Ireland, for a conference to endorse the new Political Declaration on Strengthening Read More

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Dublin international conference to adopt the Political Declaration on strengthening the protection of civilians from the humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

October 5, 2022

Ireland has issued a save the date inviting States, UN agencies, international and regional organisations, and civil society to a high-level Read More

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INEW Global Day of Action

October 4, 2022

“Your Signature Can Save Lives!” As part of its outreach and advocacy work, INEW will organise a Global Day of Action, Read More

Global Civil Society Forum on Protecting Civilians from Explosive Weapons

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INEW and Dóchas co-host Civil Society Forum on 17 November ahead of Dublin Signing Conference

October 3, 2022

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) and Dóchas (the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations) are organising a Civil Read More

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INEW & Dóchas’ Global Civil Society Forum on Protecting Civilians from Explosive Weapons

October 3, 2022

On 17 November, the eve of the signing conference for the “Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Read More

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Ireland announces date for high-level conference in Dublin: 18 November 2022

September 21, 2022

Ireland has issued a save the date inviting States, UN agencies, international and regional organisations, and civil society to a Read More

Global Civil Society Forum on Protecting Civilians from Explosive Weapons

On 17 November, the eve of the signing conference for the “Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Humanitarian Consequences arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas”, INEW and Dóchas (the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations) will co-host a Civil Society Forum.

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International Parliamentary Appeal

About the Appeal Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in enhancing the protection of civilians in armed conflict and Read More

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Acknowledgement of harm

A growing number of states have acknowledged the issue of harm in their national statements to international forums. Read more.

Media centre

Information and resources for journalists and media representatives 

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