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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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Harm

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes broad, substantial and ongoing harm.
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Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. © REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Political response

INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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The tail of a 120 mm mortar in a garden in the village of Semenivka, Ukraine. © Dirk-Jan Visser for PAX and UNOCHA

Resources

INEW member Save the Children's latest in the Stop the War on Children report series explores both the scale of gross violations against children in conflict, and the core areas where action is essential.
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© Save the Children (2020)

Events

INEW organises, hosts and participates in a range of meetings, conferences and other events related to explosive weapons use
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Views of Beit Hanoun, one of the neighbourhoods most affected by the bombings in Northern Gaza. © Yann Libessart/MSF

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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UN Secretary General publishes his latest report on protection of civilians reiterating long-standing concerns over explosive weapon use in populated areas

May 20, 2022

UN Secretary-General’s (UNSG) annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict was published this week. The report first Read More

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Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: How to Better Protect Civilians

May 12, 2022

The ‘Explosive weapons in populated areas: how to better protect civilians’ event will take place on Thursday 26 May 2021, Read More

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UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

May 12, 2022

The United Nations Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict.  Read More

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Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: Beyond a Political Declaration at the Humanitarian Networks & Partnership Weeks

May 12, 2022

Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (EWIPA): Beyond a Political Declaration hosted by the Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Weeks is taking Read More

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PRESS RELEASE : States near agreement committing to reduce civilian harm from use of explosive weapons in towns and cities

April 9, 2022

Over 65 states with 200 delegates participated in negotiations of a new international agreement, at the United Nations in Geneva Read More

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Geneva consultations – a summary of proceedings on day 3

April 8, 2022

8 April 2022 Geneva Consultations
INEW Daily Summary

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Committing to civilian casualty tracking in the future political declaration on use of explosive weapons in populated areas

April 8, 2022

New briefing: “Committing to civilian casualty tracking in the future political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated Read More

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Geneva consultations – a summary of proceedings on day 2

April 8, 2022

7 April 2022 Geneva Consultations
INEW Daily Summary

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Geneva consultations – a summary of proceedings on day 1

April 6, 2022

6 April 2022 Geneva Consultations: INEW Daily Summary

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Press Release: Use of heavy explosive weapons, killing civilians in towns and cities, must be prevented

April 5, 2022

PRESS RELEASE   INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON EXPLOSIVE WEAPONS – (INEW)  Use of heavy explosive weapons, killing civilians in towns and cities,  Read More

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.

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