The Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs hosted the Regional Conference on the Promotion and Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Bali in November 2009. The Bali Conference was sponsored by the Governments of Germany, Norway, Austria and Australia as well as by UNDP, the ICRC and the GICHD.
The use of cluster munitions has caused unacceptable harm to civilians for decades in many parts of the world, particularly in South-East Asia. In February 2007, Norway launched an initiative to urgently address this humanitarian harm, leading to the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in Dublin by 107 states on 30 May 2008, and to its signature in Oslo on 3 December 2008. At the end of November 2009, 103 States have signed the Convention, and 24 have ratified it.
The CCM prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions. The Convention also contains provisions concerning assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas and destruction of stockpiles. As the Asia-Pacific region includes both affected countries and some who produce and/or stockpile cluster munitions, the promotion and the universalization of the CCM is of particular relevance for the region.
In this regard, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia invited countries from the Asia/Pacific region to participate in the Bali Conference. The meeting gathered 21 States as well as representatives from NGOs and International Organizations.
More information about Convention on Cluster Munitions
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)