2014 Meeting of Experts
The Protocol V Meeting of Experts took place from 3 to 4 April 2014. This year Ambassador Katerina Sequensova of the Czech Republic is the Chairperson-designate of the Eighth Conference. Attached here is a letter from Ambassador Sequensova outlining the preparations for the Meeting of Experts.
The Coordinator on generic preventive measures this year is Colonel Jim Burke of Ireland. Attached here is the letter from Colonel Burke outlining his preparations for the Meeting of Experts.
The Coordinator on National Reporting, Major Aviateur Lode Dewaegheneire of Belgium, has sent a letter to all States Parties encouraging them to submit their Protocol V national annual reports for 2014 and outlined his preparations for the session of the Meeting of Experts on national reporting.
During the session on national reporting there was a discussion on a new reporting template for cooperation and assistance. The proposed reporting template is attached here.
Presentations and Statements
The Programme of Work for the Meeting of Experts is the following:
Thursday 3 April
Morning session 10:00am to 1:00pm
Afternoon session 3:00pm to 6:00pm
- National reporting
- Cooperation and Assistance
- Article 3 on the surveillance, clearance and destruction of ERW
- (Option 1) Followed by the small group meeting on cooperation and assistance for affected countries and invited donor countries
Friday 4 April
Morning session 10:00am to 1:00pm
- Article 3 continued to be followed by Article 4 on recording and retaining information on the use of explosive ordnance during an armed conflict
- Generic preventive measures
- (Option 2) Followed by the small group meeting on cooperation and assistance for affected countries and invited donor countries
Afternoon session 3:00pm to 6:00pm
- Round table discussion of military experts on generic preventive measures
- Victim assistance
- Report back on cooperation and assistance and generic preventive measures
The work of this year's Meeting of Experts will be based on the recommendations agreed to at the Seventh Conference in 2013, which are:
Clearance, removal or destruction of Explosive Remnants of War
(a) To continue the consideration of clearance, removal or destruction of ERW in the context of meetings of experts and the conferences of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V and in particular to encourage affected High Contracting Parties to report on their authorities responsible for ERW, awareness raising and educational campaigns for the public, both progress towards and challenges in surveying and clearing and destroying ERW.
(b) To encourage donor and affected High Contracting Parties to further support capacity building for the surveillance, clearance and destruction of ERW at the community and national levels, as a means of ensuring that such programmes are strengthened and sustainable.
(c) To continue to further address all aspects of the obligations of Article 4 in conjunction with Article 11 in a session of the Meeting of Experts to support all High Contracting Parties to implement appropriate operating procedures and instructions and provide training to their military personnel.
(d) To emphasise that the obligations of Article 4 are a national responsibility even when participating in coalitions or alliances and continue sharing of experience in this regard.
Cooperation and assistance and requests for assistance
(a) To encourage those High Contracting Parties, relevant international organisations and institutions in a position to do so to provide cooperation and assistance for addressing the impact of explosive remnants of war, which continues to be the explosive devices that cause the highest numbers of new casualties and victims each year.
(b) To encourage States which have outlined their needs for assistance in either formal requests for assistance or statements to the Meeting of Experts to ensure they have specified their exact needs and provide regular updates on the status of those requests.
(c) To continue to utilise the small group meeting with affected States and donor countries to discuss the challenges and needs in the area of cooperation and assistance.
(d) To encourage both donor and affected High Contracting Parties to submit information relating to Articles 7 and 8 in their national reports.
Generic preventive measures
(a) To encourage High Contracting Parties, with the view to minimize the failure rate of ammunition, to carry out measures to ensure the safe storage of their munitions and in particular to pay special attention to the quantity of munitions being stored, aging munitions, the adequacy of the infrastructure of the storage facilities and ongoing management of storage munitions sites.
(b) To invite the High Contracting Parties to implement Part 3 of the Technical Annex to Protocol V and report on such work in their Protocol V national annual reports and encourage High Contracting Parties to voluntarily implement the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines.
(c) To continue exchange of views on the management of munitions sites during the 2014 meetings, with the view to minimize the failure rate of ammunition.
(d) To task the CCW Implementation Support Unit to follow-up on key issues with High Contracting Parties that have not yet reported on their implementation of generic preventive measures.
(a) All High Contracting Parties and observer States are called on to submit national reports.
(b) High Contracting Parties and observer States are encouraged to use the Guide to National Reporting, which was adopted by the Fourth Conference.
(c) To develop a consolidated, merged forms E and F of the National Reporting Form for approval at the Eighth Conference of the High Contracting Parties.
(d) The Coordinator with the support of the CCW Implementation Support Unit to ensure that the Guide to National Reporting reflects the recent changes to date made to the National Reporting Form and to examine the reporting under Article 3 of the Protocol.
(a) To encourage High Contracting Parties to support the social and economic reintegration of victims of explosive remnants of war and to report on practical and policy measures undertaken either in their national annual reports or to the 2014 Meeting of Experts.
(b) To strongly encourage affected High Contracting Parties to report on their efforts to support victim assistance in reporting form F (a) of the Protocol V national annual reporting form template as well as during the meetings of High Contracting Parties.
(c) To continue to exchange practical experiences and lessons learnt with other relevant international legal instruments.
(d) In 2014 to focus on the implementation of the commitments made to victims of explosive remnants of war under the Protocol V Plan of Action and Article 8(2) of the Protocol.