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Fourth 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

The latest round of consultations will be held in Geneva from 6 to 8 April 2022

State representatives, international and civil society organisations will meet in Geneva from 6-8 April 2022 to resume negotiations (under Ireland’s leadership) on the international political declaration aimed at strengthening the protection of civilians arising from the use of explosive weapons in towns, cities and other populated areas.

Those wishing to attend should:

1) register for the conference via Indico – (even if in possession of a UN Pass):

2) informing the mission of Ireland that you plan to participate in the consultations via email at:

Ireland has released a revised draft political declaration in advance of negotiations, as well as an aide memoire and an agenda for the three days of discussion.

INEW has published a detailed commentary on the latest declaration text, highlighting areas that have improved and underscoring the remaining areas that need strengthening.

In light of the new draft text, we have also updated our paper on the ‘10 elements for a successful political declaration’, available here.

We have also recorded a new episode of our ‘After the Bombing’ podcast, in which  INEW’s Coordinator and Steering Committee members share views on the latest draft of the political declaration in preparation for the upcoming negotiations.

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