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 consultation took place on 18 November 2019 in Geneva, to be followed by other consultations in 2020.
Resources from the consultations
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:
- INEW briefing note towards a political declaration to address the harm from explosive weapons in populated areas, November 2019
- INEW briefing paper on protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, October 2019
- INEW's suggested elements for a political declaration, October 2019
- INEW briefing paper on a declaration to prevent harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, September 2019
- Explosive weapons in populated areas: key questions and answers, September 2019
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:
- WILPF statement to the Vienna conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare, October 2019
- Women and explosive weapons, February 2014
- Trading arms, bombing towns: the lethal connection between the international arms trade and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, September 2015
- Explosive weapons and the right to health, education, and adequate housing, May 2016