Kia Ora and thank you Mr. Co-Chair for this opportunity to take the floor on behalf of the Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition, the group of nineteen domestic non-governmental organisations that has been providing civil society support to this conference. Download PDF Read more
22 Feb 08 – Today is the final day of the Wellington Conference. The CMC is co-hosting a joint press conference with the New Zealand government at midday, and are expected to announce that it has been a great success. Many countries have already indicated that they will endorse the Wellington Declaration, and the CMC expects that more will do so in the plenary session this morning. The draft treaty is expected to proceed unchanged to form the basis of the formal negotiations in Dublin. Read more, in Friday’s Cluster Ban News.
21 Feb 08 – The Wellington Conference is nearing its conclusion and the work of government delegates, civil society representatives and campaigners is intensifying. Today’s plenary discussions will cover the issues of i) storage and stockpile destruction, ii) international cooperation and assistance, iii) transparency and compliance and iv) national implementation. See: Thursday’s Cluster Ban News.
On Wednesday 20 February 2008, the Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition held a stunt in Civic Square, Wellington to protest against cluster bombs. Later that evening, more than 3,000 petitions were delivered to the government. Here is an article on the events from the daily Cluster Ban News. Read more
20 Feb 08 – During the third day of the Wellington Conference discussions centred on clearance of unexploded cluster munitions and assistance for victims. See: Wednesday’s Cluster Ban News. The NZ Cluster Munition Coalition stepped up its campaigning with a petition action in Civic Square at midday today. Campaigners and members of the public lay down and had a chalk outline made of their body that they then signed constituting a petition signature against cluster bombs. See the hi-res photos of this stunt. Read more
The second day of the Wellington Conference on Cluster Munitions was dedicated to discussion on definitions, as well as a public talk on cluster manufacturers and a lecture by Ms. Jody Williams. For more information, please read our news sheet Cluster Ban News. �