UNODA/EU common initiative in support of the universality
of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

As of August 2008, there are 106 States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and its annexed Protocols (“CCW” Convention). Importantly, this includes all major military powers. Nevertheless, despite the progress made towards universal adherence, a number of UN Member States have not yet ratified or otherwise acceded to the Convention. Of particular concern is that more than one-third of the States which are not yet parties to the Convention are affected by mines and other explosive remnants of war. Several of them are still or have been recently involved in international or domestic hostilities, with all of their related humanitarian and developmental consequences.

UNODA-EU Joint Project

Within the framework of the 2007 Joint Action of the Council of the European Union, this initiative aims to support the universalization of the CCW by understanding the needs of the States not Party to the Convention, and explaining the benefits and consequences of acceding to the CCW through six regional seminars. Each seminar -organized by the Regional Disarmament Branch- will address the specific concerns of Member States in the region; and the complete project will allow for the compilation of conclusions offering cross-regional comparisons.

United Nations Regional Seminar “Promoting the Universality of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW) and its annexed Protocols:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 11 to 12 March 2008).
  • West and East Africa (Lomé, Togo, 21-22 April 2008).
  • Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa (Lomé, Togo, 24-25 April 2008).
  • Central Asia (Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan, 24-25 September 2008).
  • Middle East and the Mediterranean (Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 17-18 November 2008).
  • South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand, 16-17 December 2008).