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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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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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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

September 22, 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

September 22, 2022

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

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INEW Global Day of Action: 18 October 2022

September 21, 2022

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

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Final consultation on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare: Towards a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

June 19, 2022

State representatives, international and civil society organisations met in Geneva on 17 June 2022 under Ireland’s leadership for the final Read More

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States agree final text of political declaration on the use of explosive weapons

June 17, 2022

The text of the political declaration on the use of explosive weapons was finalized today in Geneva with overwhelming support Read More

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Final meeting to adopt explosive weapons declaration marks milestone in protection of civilians

June 16, 2022

States, civil society, and international organizations will meet in Geneva on 17 June 2022 to finalize a milestone international agreement Read More

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PRESS RELEASE : Ireland to present draft declaration to protect civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

June 16, 2022

(Geneva, 16 June 2022): On Friday 17 June, Ireland will present the draft Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Read More

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Adoption of explosive weapons declaration to mark major milestone in protection of civilians

June 13, 2022

(This post originally appeared on humanitariandisarmament.org in its Disarmament Dialogue blog. The original post can be accessed here.) States, civil Read More

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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

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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