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13 February, 2015                                                                                              

Japan Gets Rid of All Cluster Munitions

Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports no longer possessing the weapon as of February 2015.

Japan Signs The CCM 599X350

Japan announced this week having destroyed its entire stockpile of cluster munitions. As a State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Japan had until 1 August 2018 to finish destroying its stocks. The task was completed way ahead of the obligatory deadline. Congratulations, omedetou gozaimasu!

With this important accomplishment, Japan joins the United Kingdom, Denmark, Chile, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ecuador and many other countries that have destroyed their entire stockpiles of cluster munitions, ensuring these unacceptable weapons can never be used again.

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Canadian financial institutions banned investments on cluster munitions

NEI Investments and Desjardins Investments (Canada) announced they have banned investments in cluster munitions producers. Both financial institutions already had cluster munitions policies in place for specific funds and have now extended that exclusion to all products, according to the financial companies.

The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) welcomes this announcement. A comprehensive ban on investments in cluster munition producers by Desjardins Investments and NEI Investments would be a very positive outcome of Canada’s statement that it considers investment in cluster munitions to be prohibited.

The full story is available on the Stop Explosive Investment website.

States Prepare Five-Year Review Conference
States gathered in Geneva (Switzerland) on 5 February to start preparing for the First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Cluster Munition Coalition was present and emphasized the need for additional countries to join the Convention by September 2015. Costa Rica, as current President of the Convention, reiterated its target of 100 States Parties.
The First Review Conference will assess progress made in implementing the 2010-2015 Vientiane Action Plan and will agree on the next steps to end the suffering caused by cluster munitions. Official documents discussed at the Preparatory Meeting are available through the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs.

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