GGE SESSIONS IN 2010
The 2009 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention took note of the report of the Chairperson of the GGE on the negotiations in the Group, including his consolidated text, titled “Draft Protocol on Cluster Munitions”. The Meeting of the High Contracting Parties also decided that the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) will continue its negotiations, informed by the Chairperson’s consolidated text dated 26 August 2009 (document CCW/MSP/2009/WP.1, titled “Draft Protocol on Cluster Munitions”), and taking into account document CCW/GGE/2009-II/2, Annex I, (titled “Cluster Munitions”), and other past, present and future proposals by delegations, to address urgently the humanitarian impact of cluster munitions, while striking a balance between military and humanitarian considerations.
The GGE would conclude its negotiations as rapidly as possible and report to the next Meeting of the High Contracting Parties. The work of the GGE will be supported by experts on issues relevant to the negotiations.
The 2009 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention also decided that the Fourth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention will take place in 2011. The Meeting decided that the Chairperson-designate of the 2010 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties shall undertake consultations during the intersessional period on the preparation of the Fourth Review Conference and shall report to the next Meeting of the States Parties.
The 2009 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties also decided that the GGE would meet from 12 to 16 April 2010 and from 30 August to 3 September 2010, and would be presided over by Minister Jesus S. Domingo of the Philippines
A note verbale
by the Secretary-General convening the 2010 sessions of the GGE was circulated, as follows:
First 2010 session of the GGE
Provisional Programme of Work
Report of the Friend of the Chair on Definitions and related technical issues
Report of the Chair of Meetings of Military and Technical Experts
Report of the Friend of the Chair on Victim Assistance
Report of the Friend of the Chair on the Issue of Anti-ship and Anti-runway Munitions
Fourth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects
Draft Protocol on Cluster Munitions
Second 2010 session of the GGE
Informal consultations, 28 June - 1 July
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