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GGE sessions in 2007

The Third Review Conference of the States Parties to CCW (Geneva, 7 - 17 November 2006) decided to convene, as a matter of urgency, an intersessional meeting of governmental experts to consider further the application and implementation of existing international humanitarian law to specific munitions that may cause explosive remnants of war, with particular focus on cluster munitions, including the factors affecting their reliability and their technical and design characteristics, with a view to minimizing the humanitarian impact of the use of these munitions.

It further decided that this meeting of governmental experts would, inter alia, consider the results of the ICRC meeting of experts on cluster munitions (Montreux, April 2007). The meeting of governmental experts had to report to the 2007 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties (Geneva, 7 - 13 November 2007).

The Conference also decided that the Meetings of Military and Technical Experts of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) should continue their technical work and provide further advice, as required.

The 2007 session of the GGE took place from 19 to 22 June 2007 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, and was chaired by Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš of Latvia. The work of the Group is reflected in its Procedural report, as follows:

The following documents of the 2007 session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts were also available:

Provisional Agenda
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/1)

Provisional Programme of Work
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/2)

Draft CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.1)

Benchmarks for Alternative Munitions to Cluster Munitions
"Sensor Fused Area Munitions" (SEFAM)
Additional explanatory information to the draft CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.1/Add.1)

Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.2)

Draft CCW Negotiating Mandate on Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.3)

Excerpts from the Report of the Expert Meeting on the Humanitarian, Military, Technical and Legal Challenges of Cluster Munitions, held in Montreux, Switzerland, 18 to 20 April 2007
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.4/Excerpts)

Overview of Existing and Proposed Definitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.5)

Position Paper on Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.6)

Treaty Principles
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.7)

Observations on the Legal Issues Related to the Use of Cluster Munitions
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.8)

A Possible Definition of a Cluster Munition and a Submunition – Draft Proposals
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.9)

Legal Aspects of Cluster Munitions - A Possible Framework for IHL Implementation – Draft Proposals
(Doc. CCW/GGE/2007/WP.10)

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