The meeting brought together more than 1,200 delegates from 121 nations. These included delegates from the 40 countries that have ratified the convention, 47 signatory countries and 34 nations that have not signed the convention.
Participants also included those representing more than 150 international and regional organizations as well as non-governmental organizations.
Signed by 108 states and ratified by 46 states, the convention obliges state parties to destroy stockpiles within eight years and clear affected areas within 10 years. The convention also obliges party states to provide an unprecedented level of assistance to cluster munitions victims.
During the meeting, several nations announced contributions to UXO clearance in Laos totaling about US$30 million through grant aid and non-governmental organisation funding.
The 66-point plan commits to implement fully all of the obligations under the convention and speed up deadlines and set budgets as well as targets to make it happen. The United Nations issued strong statements of support at the Vientiane meeting and remains committed to the convention, its early universalize and full implementation.
The meeting agreed to reconvene in Lebanon in September 2011, as that country is also seriously contaminated by cluster bombs.
Source: Vientiane Times
|His Excellency Chummaly SAYYASONE president of Lao PDR delivered opening speech|
|Mr. Toummy, victims from unexplored bomb shared his life experience|
|Photo taking with Mr. Phetsavang Sounnalath - Deputy Director of The National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector in the Lao PDR|
|Lao Deaf Unit joining the boost exhibition with LDPA|
|Motita taught how to sang Lao National Anthem in SL|