Director-General Participates in Fifth Conference of Parties to Protocol V of CCW
9 November 2011
The Director-General delivered the message of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Fifth Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). In his message, the Secretary-General highlighted that Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War is a centrepiece of the CCW, breaking new ground by requiring that once hostilities have ended, explosive remnants of war must be cleared and the civilian population protected. He also noted that while some conflicts may be unavoidable, the long-term suffering of civilians caused by explosive remnants of war is not.