How will you mark the 10th anniversary of the Oslo Process?

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February 23rd will mark the 10th anniversary of the commencement of the Oslo Process. A Process which produced the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

About 50 states came together on 22- 23 February 2007 in Oslo and adopted the Oslo Declaration. The Oslo Declaration successfully achieved its ambitious goal of banning cluster bombs by the end of 2008. Many of you were present at that historic conference and must remember the excitements!

The Convention on Cluster Munitions has achieved a lot. You can look at the latest Cluster Munition Monitor’s major findings, if you need to remind yourself of the progresses that have been made so far and also the challenges ahead of us.

Please make the most of this historic anniversary by taking action during the week of 20th February to:

  • Engage decision makers to advance accession or ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions;
  • Demand your government to speak against the unacceptable ongoing cluster munitions use in Yemen and Syria;
  • Get in touch with your mine action authorities if you are in cluster munition affected countries to make sure your country is on track in implementing the convention and the Dubrovnik Action Plan;
  • Reach out to your Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you are in donor countries to encourage them to allocate resources for clearance, victim assistance, stockpile destruction, advocacy and monitoring activities;
  • Share your memories of the Oslo Process and your message to governments through blogs, websites or social media;
  • Give a call to your favor journalists to request them to write about remarkable achievements of the convention and the need for further action to eradicate cluster bombs;
  • You also may wish to undertake fundraising activity for your organization.

There are a lot of campaign resources available on the Cluster Munition Coalition website.

Firoz ALIZADA
Campaigns and Communications Manager
International Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC)