The Convention on Cluster Munitions
The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is the international agreement prohibiting cluster munitions. The official title of the CCM is “the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Cluster Munitions and on the Destruction of such Munitions”. It was adopted in 2008 and came into force in 2010.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Additionally, the CCM lays down deadlines for the clearance of areas affected by cluster munitions bomblets (within 10 years), and for the destruction of stockpiles of such weapons (within 8 years). The convention includes ground-breaking provisions concerning the rights of victims and affected communities.
NPA is by far the largest survey and clearance operator of Cluster Munition Remnants globally.
The CCM has already gained wide support and implementation is well on its way.
Completed: 9 states
Suspected: 15 states
Remaining contamination: 26 states and territories
Cluster munition refers to a conventional munition that is designed to disperse or release explosive sub-munitions each weighing less than 20 kilograms. (Source: www.mineactionstandards.org )