The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is an international treaty that prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. Moreover, it sets a framework for cooperation and assistance to guarantee sufficient care and rehabilitation to victims and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction and destruction of stockpiles.
The Republic of Lebanon has signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on the 3rd of December 2008, and subsequently ratified it on the 5th of November 2010. In fact, Lebanon actively participated throughout the Oslo Process that created the convention and was a strong advocate for humanitarian protection. The Convention entered into force in Lebanon on the 1st of May 2011.
2nd Meeting of States Parties (2 MSP)
LMAC has been continuously working towards its strategic objective focused on ensuring “compliance to and promotion of the universalisation of the CCM and other relevant international instruments”. In line with this strategic objective, and following the Oslo Process, Lebanon continued to play an active role in the convention development. It participated in the 1st Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (1 MSP) that was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010 where it made several statements on clearance of cluster munitions remnants.
Lebanon hosted the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions from 12 to 16 September 2011 and gathered more than 1000 delegates from 52 States parties, 38 signatories states, 41 observers and 15 international organizations. The delegates outlined plans to implement the treaty over the next four years, which include mine clearance, stockpile destruction and victim assistance actions.
Handing over the CCM- Lebanon passes the mantle to Norway
Acting as the president of the Convention since the 2MSP, Lebanon proudly and actively promoted the Treaty. The work of the Lebanese Presidency was based upon the series of decisions taken by States Parties during the closing day of the 2MSP. To this end, Lebanon convened ten meetings of the Coordination Committee, in addition to three informal open-ended consultations.
On September 11th, 2012, Lebanon handed over presidency to Norway at the Third Meeting of States Parties in Oslo.