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About the process

Ireland is leading a process to develop an international political declaration to strengthen the protection of civilians arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The next round of negotiations is taking place in Geneva from 6-8 April 2022. This follows consultations that have taken place on 18 November 2019 and 10 February 2020 in Geneva and an online consultation from 3-5 March 2021 (due to COVID restrictions).

Prior to this, in October 2019 Austria hosted the international Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare. At the close of the conference, Ireland announced it would hold a series of consultations with a view towards developing a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

See: Ireland’s webpage on the political declaration process

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