Posts Categorized: Cluster Munitions/Landmines

Togo ratifies Convention on Cluster Munitions

On Friday, June 22, 2012, Togo became the 72nd State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.  The Convention bans all use, production, stockpile and transfer of deadly cluster munitions.  Togo was one of the first countries to sign the Convention and with Friday’s ratification, Togo has deepened that commitment. Togo has said that it… Read more »

Lend Your Leg – and more about landmines

Landmines kill and maim long after wars have ended.These weapons of no discrimination remain in the ground for years, maybe even decades, before someone or some animal comes along to detonate them. Then they maim and kill children, farmers and everyday citizens just as readily as they do people serving in the military. The United… Read more »

Security Council meets on civilians in armed conflict

Twice a year, the United Nations Security Council has an open debate around the role of civilians in armed conflict. Today, the Security Council held this biannual debate, with testimony from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping…

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Global Day of Action Against Military Spending

Today, we celebrate the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has joined with ecumenical partners to begin a conversation on the topic of global military spending. According to Stockholm International Peace Research…

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International mines awareness day

Today, the world celebrates international mines awareness day. In recognition of today, Jordan Ryan, Director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery said, “Landmines and explosive remnants of war take a heavy toll on people’s livelihoods, countries’ economic…

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Land mine ban treaty by the numbers

The Arms Control Association provides facts and numbers (for example: 13 – the number of years since the United States has produced banned antipersonnel landmines.) that provide reasons for the Obama administration to sign the Mine Ban Treaty. Recognizing that…

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Upcoming meeting on cluster munitions

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urges States to take part in upcoming meeting on cluster munitions. The First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, will be held in Vientiane,…

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Convention on cluster munitions becomes international law

The Convention on Cluster Munitions went into effect on Sunday, 1 August 2010. Due to the number of countries that have signed and ratified the Convention, it becomes binding international law in countries around the world. This is a cause…

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