Third Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
On the 31st of July 2013 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Emigrants (MOFAE) with the support of UNDP, organized an Iftar at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel-Hamra on the occasion of the 3rd entry into of force
of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
“The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions, and also includes separate articles concerning assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas, and international cooperation and assistance.”
The Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010.
Lebanon remains littered with hundreds of thousands of unexploded ordinance, including cluster munitions. These items continue to kill and maim people in Lebanon and hinder development and reconstruction efforts. In 2006 alone, 215 cluster sub-munitions casualties were registered, the majority of victims are under the age of 18 and approximately 36 percent of the land used for livelihood activities was contaminated. While clearance of some highly impacted communities and success in mine risk education has reduced the casualty toll by 75 per cent from 2000 to early 2006, the use of cluster munitions during the 2006 conflict increased the number of victims dramatically.
Lebanon is an active state member to the convention and has hosted in September 2011 the 2nd meeting of state parties to the convention on cluster munitions with the participation of 131 states and organizations.
To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of entry into force of the convention, the IFTAR was a great occasion where MOFAE advocated on universalization and regional adherence of the Arab countries to the convention and to attend the 4th meeting of state parties in Zambia this September 2013. The Republic of Iraq who shared their experience on cluster munitions, was congratulated for ratifying the convention in May 2013.
The event gathered representatives from Arab countries, Islamic countries, European countries and donors’ states as well as civil society and mine victims representatives. Additional speeches from Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC), UNDP, and civil society focused on the excellent work undertaken with regard to cluster bombs clearance and victim assistance and the continuous support for a land free of cluster munitions.
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