The Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 2 to 5 September 2014. Stakeholders from States Parties, signatory states, observer states, UN agencies, international organisations and civil society will gather to discuss the implementation of the Convention.
The GICHD will participate as an observer delegation and contribute with its technical expertise.
The Centre is also co-organising a side event with Norwegian People’s Aid, addressing the complexity for affected countries to determine the extent of cluster munition remnants and ERW contamination. It will explore how the Cluster Munition Remnant Survey (CMRS) developed by Norwegian People’s Aid and the agenda promoted by the GICHD known as Management of Residual risk (MORE) are complementary. Such approaches go a considerable way to unravel the complexity of ERW contamination in heavily affected countries by addressing convention obligations in the short to medium term and maintaining a sensible approach to the management of broader ERW in the long term. The case of Vietnam is highlighted, and the challenges placed in perspective by the example of Belgium which continues to clear large quantities of ERW 100 years after the advent of the First World War.
Unravelling the complexity of landmine and ERW contamination to address obligations under the CCM|Chaired by Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Director GICHD