Geneva, Switzerland, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's message to Third Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional WeaponsIt is a pleasure to greet the States Parties to Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Armed conflict leaves in its wake not only chaos, grief and hardship, but also explosive remnants of war that kill and maim long after the end of hostilities.
Protocol V, which provides the legal framework for addressing this horrendous humanitarian and developmental impact, can help us eliminate this deadly hazard.
I congratulate States Parties for having established the machinery for the implementation of the Protocol. I encourage you to make full use of this mechanism, which can facilitate assistance and improve knowledge about the scope of the problem – and how to deal with it.
I also encourage you to promote information sharing on the use or abandonment of explosive ordnance -- bilaterally, through the United Nations, or through another entity as appropriate.
And I urge you to further operationalize the Plan of Action adopted at last year's Conference of the High Contracting Parties, including through stronger measures to help victims.
I am very encouraged by the considerable increase in the number of States Parties to the Protocol since last year. I commend the 61 States that have expressed their consent to be bound by the Protocol, and call upon those States that have not yet done so to ratify Protocol V without delay. I also take this opportunity to remind all States of their responsibility to provide effective protection to civilian populations both during and after armed conflicts.
The United Nations will continue to assist you in your noble efforts. In that spirit, please accept my best wishes for a successful conference.
Statements on 9 November 2009
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's video message for the International Year of Biodiversity - 2010 [initial celebrations began on 9 November 2009]
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Secretary-General's message for the International Year of Biodiversity [initial celebrations begin n 9 November 2009]
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the formation of a Government of Lebanon
- New York, 9 November 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall