Ireland convened an online webinar on 7 September on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: Issues, Policy and Practice. In opening remarks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney expressed concern that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas has severe consequences for civilians. Whilst he regretted that it had not been possible to yet finalise the text of the political declaration, nor welcome states to Dublin to endorse the declaration, he reminded participants that “much more can and must be done” and that we should make good use of this extra time.
The webinar, chaired by Ambassador Michael Gaffey, Ireland’s Permanent Representative in Geneva and chair of the consultations on the political declaration, explained that whilst Ireland remains committed to developing a political response to this issue, it was still not possible to say when or how states, international organisations and civil society will be able to meet again to resume and finish the negotiation on the text.
Read more about the event here.