NPA is a founding member of INEW (www.inew.org) and a member of the INEW Strategy Group, and thus works at the core of international NGO coalition efforts to stigmatize the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and promote the development of stronger international standards.
In cases of use of explosive weapons in populated areas where NPA is implementing operations, NPA will seek to research, document, and analyse the impact on civilians and bring field realities to the attention of media and policy-makers.
In addition to our work at the international level as part of INEW, NPA is committed to implement operations on the ground to help reduce and prevent the use of and suffering from explosive weapons in populated areas. Consequently, NPA has established a new Arms Management and Destruction Pillar, alongside our Mine Action Pillar. Through arms management and destruction operations, NPA will help limit the general presence and availability of weapons and ammunition, thus lowering the potential for the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as well as other armed violence. As an integral component of these arms management and destruction operations, NPA carries out advocacy seeking to stigmatize the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, as well as on the need to address dangerous and insecure ammunition storage areas and destroy surpluses of weapons and ammunition. See pages 12-15 for NPA’s policy on the latter two issues, which are both closely interlinked with that of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
NPA has also started developing practical preventative measures to help civilians protect themselves when explosive weapons are being used. When conflict in a populated area is expected, good media coverage of the need for such conflict preparedness and protection initiatives also has the potential to help stigmatize and even prevent the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.