Let me begin by thanking Switzerland for leading the preparations for this important conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Together, we stand united against these brutal instruments of war that maim and kill indiscriminately.
Since the treaty entered into force a decade ago, millions of munitions and submunitions have been destroyed.
So communities can thrive.
So families can travel safely in their neighbourhoods.
So children can play.
And so victims can receive the medical care and rehabilitation they need.
But our work is far from over.
New allegations of the use of cluster munitions have come to light.
We cannot slide backwards.
I urge all States to join the Convention now, without delay.
Recent signatories include the Maldives, Niue, Sao Tome and Principe, and Saint Lucia.
Let’s speak as one against the use of cluster munitions.
Let’s act as one to consign them to history, once and for all.