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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 consultation took place on 18 November 2019 in Geneva, to be followed by other consultations in 2020. 

Resources from the consultations

Additional resources

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:

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: