Secretary-General's message to Fourteenth Annual Conference of HIgh Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [delivered by Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)]
, 14 November 2012
I am pleased to send greetings to all participants in the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Landmines, booby-traps and other explosive devices continue to cause great suffering to people and communities during and after hostilities, and exacerbate other consequences of armed conflict. Not only do they kill and maim civilians indiscriminately and cause excessive harm to combatants, they hamper post-conflict recovery and the return of populations, economic growth and development.
Amended Protocol II has helped to catalyze international efforts to reduce the menace of these weapons, yet serious challenges remain, especially the prevalent use of improvised explosive devices. High Contracting Parties need urgently to identify how best to protect civilians and assist countries in need by analysing national annual reports and exchanging information on how the Protocol is being implemented.
The revival of the Group of Experts is fostering greater cooperation and synergy and has rejuvenated the Protocol. I welcome this trend and encourage Parties to strengthen transparency in order to enhance cooperation within the context of the Convention.
I also encourage further efforts towards implementing the Accelerated Plan of Action on Universalization of the Convention and its annexed Protocols adopted by last year’s Fourth Review Conference. I commend the 98 States that have expressed their consent to be bound by Amended Protocol II, and I call on all countries that have not yet done so to become Parties to it as soon as possible, particularly those States Parties that have acceded to the original Protocol II.
The United Nations continues to fully support the implementation of this important instrument of international humanitarian law. I wish you a successful meeting.
Statements on 14 November 2012
- Djibouti, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's message to Ministerial Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [delivered by Mr. Haile Menkerios, Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan]
- New York, 14 November 2012 - Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka
- Brasilia, Brazil, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's video message to Inauguration of UN House in Brasilia
- , 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's message to the opening of the 11th Session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court [delivered by UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien]
- The Hague, Netherlands, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's video message on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court
- New York, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's video message for "Climate Reality Project: The Dirty Weather Report" Webcast, 14-15 November
- Qatar, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's message to International Conference on Food Security in Drylands
- New York, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's message on World Diabetes Day
- New York, 14 November 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks at Memorial for Fallen Staff