Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New protocol on explosive war debris


New protocol on explosive war debris

Disarmament and Arms Control Minister, Marian Hobbs, has welcomed a new agreement in Geneva on reducing the humanitarian risk of explosive remnants of war (ERW), such as cluster bombs.

"This is a very encouraging achievement," the minister said. "It shows us that the multilateral treaty system can still deliver positive progress on disarmament issues. New Zealand has been leading in some areas of this work."

The new protocol adopted by the annual meeting of member states to the treaty limiting the use of inhumane weapons requires signatories to clear ERW in territory they control after a conflict; help remove ERW they have left behind; record information on the use of bombs to help ERW clearance; and warn civilians of the dangers of ERW.

"Of concern to me is the devastating impact that ERW, especially cluster bombs, have on civilians," Marian Hobbs said. "New Zealand and other partners have been working hard as volunteers in countries like Cambodia, Laos, Iraq and Afghanistan to clear ERW and keep them out of the reach of innocent civilians. At last we have a protocol that obliges states, including the users of the bombs, to clean up the mess after a conflict."

The protocol is the fifth under the inhumane weapons treaty. The other four protocols cover blinding laser weapons, landmines, incendiary weapons and weapons using fragments undetectable by x-ray. The new protocol will come into legal force once 20 states have formally accepted it.

The Geneva meeting also agreed that the members of the inhumane weapons treaty should give further consideration to the risks to civilians posed by anti-vehicle mines (which, unlike anti-personnel mines, are not banned) and continue their investigation into additional measures to deal with bombs such as cluster bombs.

"The consequences of using cluster bombs and anti-vehicle mines trouble me greatly," Marian Hobbs said. "The success with the ERW protocol makes me optimistic that we might be able to achieve more progress on anti-vehicle mines and cluster bombs through the ongoing process in Geneva.

"We must continue to reduce the number of civilian injuries and deaths caused by these weapons."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election