On 28 September, the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW or Inhumane Weapons Convention) concluded its third and last session of the Preparatory Committee for the Second Review Conference to be held in Geneva from 11 to 21 December 2001.
The President-designate of the Review Conference, Ambassador Les Luck of Australia, issued a package of five proposals for consideration aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Convention. They included calls for: expanding the scope of the CCW to cover internal as well as international conflicts; dealing with the issue of explosive remnants of war (such as unexploded bombs and munitions or UXO); tackling anti-vehicle landmines; a protocol on small calibre weapons and ammunition; and a compliance mechanism for the Convention.
The CCW was adopted 10 October 1980 and entered into force on 2 De-cember 1983. Initially it comprised three different Protocols limiting the use of three classes of certain conventional weapons: weapons leaving non-detectable fragments; mines, booby-traps and other devices; and incendiary weapons. At the first Review Conference in 1996, the States Parties amended Protocol 2 on mines, booby-traps and other devices, requiring, among other things, increased detectability for anti-personnel landmines (APLMs) and self-destruct and self-deactivation features for remotely delivered APLMs. The first Review Conference also adopted a fourth Protocol banning blinding laser weapons.