Summary and overview of all statements, presentations & topics discussed by the participants

Representatives of 19 African countries*, international organizations (UN OCHA, ICRC, GICHD) and civil society organizations, including victims and survivors, met in Maputo, Mozambique, from 27-28 November 2017, on the regional meeting on protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. During this conference organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique and Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion), all 70 participants agreed on a strong, action-oriented communiqué, creating an active group of African countries ready to work towards a better protection of civilians.

Read the communiqué in English and in French.

Over the 2 days of the regional meeting, a variety of topics was discussed demonstrating the impact of explosive weapons from the point of affected communities, operators and practitioners. You can read all presentations delivered by the panelists, and all official statements issued by several State representatives below.

*Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia

Draft Summary Report from the Regional Meeting on Protecting Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

You can find here the draft summary report:

Pictures of the meeting (©Amminadab Jean / HI):

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Opening statements

Jean-Baptiste Richardier, HI

Mr. Oldemiro Marques Baloi, government of Mozambique

Ms. Eirini Giorgou, ICRC

Mrs. Margaret Arach Orech, survivor, Uganda

Statements from States

Statement by Congo

Statement by Angola

Statement by Zambia

Statement by Uganda

Statement by Togo

Statement by Kenya

Session 1 – Background on the issue and where we are now

Presentation by Laura Boillot with comments

Presentation by Mr. Jaime Chissano, Mozambique

Presentation by Dr. Simon Bagshaw, OCHA

Session 2 – Direct harm from the use of explosive weapons

The impact on children, Mr. Judas Massingue with speaking notes

Key data on the harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, Dr. James Karney

Harm to the human body, Mrs. Alma Al-Osta with speaking notes

A case study The shelling of Abobo market, Ms. Nounou Bouto, Côte d Ivoire

Session 3 – The impact of explosive weapons on infrastructures and essential services

Impact on healthcare a look at Ukraine and Libya, Ms. Roos Boer

Impact on education, Ms. Mimidoo Achakpa

Destruction of infrastructure and services, Dr. Eirini Giorgou

Session 4 – Protecting and assisting affected communities

Making communities safe again, Mr. Albino Forquihla

Contamination of land from explosive ordnance, Mr. Robert Burry

Conflict prevention and preparedness, Ms. Siv Mjaaland

Session 5 – Managing explosive weapons with wide areas effects

Working with militaries, Ms. Mary Gorrety Ajwang

Military policy and practice to strengthen the protection of civilians, Dr. Simon Bagshaw

Enhancing the protection of civilians-AMISOMs operational policies in Somalia, Major General Karandja

Characteristics and effects of explosive weapons, Mr. Samuel Paunila with speaking notes

Session 6 – Developing new international standards

Update on a process towards a political declaration, Mr. Hubert Neuwirth

Explosive weapons and the law, Ms. Maya Brehm

A declaration to prevent harm, Ms. Laura Boillot