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Process for a political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

After Austria hosted a conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare in October 2019, Ireland announced it would hold a series of consultations with a view towards developing a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The first two consultations took place in Geneva on 18 November 2019 and 10 February 2020. The next round of consultations has been postponed due to COVID-19. Information on rescheduling will be provided when available. In the meantime, Ireland has released a draft of the political declaration and is accepting written input until the end of April.

Resources from the consultations

Reaching Critical Will resources

WILPF has long urged that gender considerations be included in the development of any declaration or other measures related to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. We have also drawn attention to the gendered, human rights, and arms trade aspects of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Here are some of our key resources related to the use of EWIPA and the political declaration process:

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), of which WILPF is a member, has long called for the development of such a declaration as well as operational and policy positions aimed at ending the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas. Some recent INEW resources on this issue include:

Additional resources