Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)
The GICHD hosts CCM side events and workshops and provides technical input and training. It continues to provide advisory services in the context of the convention and supports state authorities, donor institutions and operators in developing and implementing the Convention. It also supports operators physically dealing with cluster munitions.
A cluster munition and land release project is underway in Ha Tinh and Quang Tri provinces in Vietnam. It provides an opportunity to learn more efficient approaches to survey and clearance of submunitions.
To increase the understanding of the definitions under Article 2 of the Convention, and assist the work in removing these dangerous items, a Cluster Munitions Identification Tool was designed in 2013.
The GICHD also worked with Australia on communicating more efficient ways of dealing with unexploded submunitions. The paper was presented and endorsed during the 2011 2MSP in Beirut, Lebanon.
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)
Since 2007, practical discussions on how to overcome challenges in implementing Article 5 of the Convention have taken place at Meetings of the States Parties to the APMBC, and workshops around the world. Discussions include dealing with the challenges associated with imprecise and overestimated areas that have been reported as mined.
The GICHD provides advice and training on effective and efficient processes which enable the faster release of areas suspected of containing mines, describing the best practices for non-technical survey, technical survey and clearance. Norway produced a paper in 2008 on the efficient approach to land release, describing methods for cancelling and releasing land suspected of containing mines.