cluster munitions

News in Brief 25 November 2020

  • UN given permission to assess stranded supertanker off Yemen coast 
  • Alert over growing use of cluster munitions despite stockpile reduction successes 
  • 16 days of action against gender-based violence launches on international day 
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Alert over growing use of cluster munitions, despite stockpile reductions

Lethal cluster munitions are still being used in old and new conflicts around the world, from Syria to Libya, to Nagorno-Karabakh, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday.

Civilians continue bear brunt of cluster munitions’ indiscriminate devastation, UN-backed report reveals

Though 2017 saw a sharp decline in casualties as a result of the use of cluster munitions compared to the previous year, two conflicts – in Syria and Yemen – accounted for the vast majority of the victims, a new United Nations-backed civil society report has found.

Cluster munitions convention is working despite ongoing use in conflicts, says treaty monitor

Four countries have completely destroyed their stockpiles of cluster munitions since 2017, according to a report by a leading coalition seeking a global ban on the weapons in line with the international convention governing their use. However, Mary Wareham, one of the editors of Cluster Munition Monitor 2018, tells UN News that these weapons are still claiming victims.

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Conflicts now "even more dangerous": mines agency chief

The head of the UN’s agency tasked with delivering a mine-free world has warned of the spiralling dangers for civilians and humanitarian workers in conflicts around the world.

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Cluster munitions meeting in Laos first stop on Migiro’s three-nation trip

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrived today in Vientiane, Laos, ahead of a global meeting on the outlawing of cluster munitions, the first stop on a three-nation tour that will also take the senior United Nations official to Lebanon and Ethiopia.

Migiro urges States to take part in upcoming meeting on cluster munitions

Commending nations for taking swift action to bring the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster munitions into force, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged all States – even those who have not signed on – to attend an upcoming gathering in Laos on the treaty’s implementation.