Explosive weapons in populated areas

Armed conflicts are increasingly fought in population centres – but often with weapon systems that are designed for open battlefields. When used in populated areas, explosive weapons are very likely to have indiscriminate effects. Up to 90% of those killed and injured in such situations are civilians. Many more are affected when social, commercial, infrastructural, cultural, educational, religious and health-care facilities are shattered.

Parties to armed conflict must always give due weight to the reasonably foreseeable reverberating effects of using bombs, missiles, mortars, rockets, artillery and other explosive weaponry – certainly also in populated areas.


Security Council

SG reports (relevant sections)

S/2019/373 paras 31, 42, 49, 55-57, 63

S/2018/462 paras 41, 42, 43, 44, 45

S/2017/414 paras 17, 18, 20, 79, 80

S/2016/447 paras 24-28

S/2015/453 paras 30-36

S/2013/689 paras 21, 34, 35, 69

S/2012/376 paras 11, 35-38, 41, 72, 75

S/2010/579 paras 48, 49, 51

S/2009/277 para 36



Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Meeting of High Contracting Parties

Working papers



SG’s Disarmament Agenda (pp.34-36)

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