ICBL and CMC have played a crucial role in the processes that have led to an absolute ban on antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions with the establishment of the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997 and the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2010.
INEW is now leading an effort to focus attention on the humanitarian suffering caused by explosive violence in urban areas, and ICAN is leading an effort to develop an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.
NPA involvement in international networks is important to us. We believe that our work in the field and our political efforts are mutually reinforcing. Every landmine or cluster bomb that is removed from the ground by our deminers will improve living conditions for the population in the affected area. However, it is equally important that we work to promote and develop new international humanitarian laws that prevents or reduces the use of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive weapons, and prevents nuclear weapons from ever being used or produced again. In addition, we need convince states to respect and implement these laws.
Norwegian People’s Aid actively participates in the work within the following four international civil society networks:
Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is a global network of more than 300 civil society organizations working in over 80 countries to bring an end to the human suffering caused by cluster munitions .
ICBL was founded by among others Handicap International and Human Rights Watch, when the founder organizations witnessed the unacceptable humanitarian harm landmines had on the civilian population.
International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is a global network of non-governmental organizations that work together to bring an end to the human suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas .
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons .