WANEP, stakeholders hold sensitization on 2018 CCM report

Thursday, January 03, 2019

West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) –The Gambia, in collaboration with various state and non-state actors Monday held a daylong sensitization on the 2018 Convention for Cluster Munitions (CCM) report held at NaNA conference hall in Bakau.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is an international treaty that prohibits the use, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster bombs, a type of explosive weapon which scatters sub munitions over an area. The convention was adopted on 30 May 2008 in Dublin, and was opened for signature on 3 December 2008 in Oslo.

Mariama Jammeh, WANEP peace education and good governance program assistance thanked both their national and international partners including stakeholders particularly the CCM task forces, defence, interior ministers and the National Assembly for their intense advocacy and invaluable support over the years to achieve the great and commendable accomplishment.

She said 10 years since the adoption and signing of the CCM, Gambia’s National Assembly ratified the Convention on 22 June, 2018, and on December 11, 2018, the government presented its ratification instrument to the office of the UN Secretary General in New York. “This made Gambia the 105th State party of the CCM.

Madam Jammeh said, she was excited to see different state and non-state actors come together to map out the way forward for the Convention and to ensure that government of The Gambia fulfil its obligation to the Convention.

Momodou Bah, a member of WANEP–Gambia said by ratifying the Convention, Gambia commits to never use, produce, and stockpile or transfer cluster monitions.

He appealed to government to be reporting on the progress and challenges in accordance with Article 7 of the Convention as state parties are obliged to report on the state of their treaty implementation through an initial transparency and annual reports.

Alhagie Bah, representative of the ministry of interior said Gambia signed the CCM by expressing interest and intention to move forward but it was delayed due to lack of political will at the time.

He said the defence ministry is aware of the numerous efforts WANEP has been doing in bringing relevant stakeholders together for discussions which led to the ratification of the international conventions.

Author: Fatou Dem