Third Review Conference

7 – 17 November 2006

Palais des Nations, Geneva

President: Ambassador François Rivasseau (France)

The Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention was held from 7 to 17 November 2006, preceded by the Eighth Annual Conference of the States Parties to Amended Protocol II, at the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). A special plenary meeting of the Conference to mark the entry into force of CCW Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War took place on Monday,13 November 2006.

The work of the Conference and the decisions taken therein are reflected in its Final Document, as follows:

Final Document (Part I)

Report of the Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/11, Part I)

Final Document (Part II)

Final Declaration

(CCW/CONF.III/11, Part II)

Final Document (Part III)

Documents of the Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/11, Part III)

Draft Final Document

(CCW/CONF.III/CRP.1)

To see the Closing Statement of the President of the Third Review Conference, please click here.

To see the List of Participants, please click here.

Message from the President (in French only)

Le mot du Président

La troisième Conférence d’examen va s’ouvrir le 7 novembre prochain, aboutissement d’un processus de préparation qui s’est étalé sur toute cette année.

Parmi les sujets à l’ordre du jour de cette conférence qui revêtent une importance particulière, figurent : l’universalisation de la convention et de ses protocoles, l’accord sur un mécanisme destiné à assurer un meilleur respect de la convention et de ses protocoles et la mise au point d’un programme de co-parrainage. Ce sera l’occasion de procéder à un examen de fond du régime de la CCW, de manière rétrospective, tout en formulant des propositions pour en améliorer l’efficacité à l’avenir.

Mais, compte tenu de la spécificité du régime créé par la Convention de 1980 sur certaines armes classiques, la conférence a également pour tâche de poursuivre et d’achever le travail sur la négociation, l’adoption et l’entrée en vigueur de protocoles nouveaux.

A ce titre, nous allons enregistrer un succès important cette année avec l’entrée en vigueur d’un nouveau protocole, le Protocole V, dont la négociation s’est achevée à la fin de l’année 2003 sous l’impulsion du coordinateur de l’époque, l’ambassadeur des Pays-Bas Chris Sanders. Ce protocole sur les restes explosifs de guerre sera entré en vigueur le 13 novembre prochain, au moment de la conférence d’examen. Il s’agit d’une réussite notable qui devrait permettre d’améliorer l’efficacité des efforts menés par la communauté internationale dans sa lutte pour dépolluer les terres contaminées par ces restes explosifs de guerre.

Par ailleurs, nous poursuivrons l’examen des autres aspects du mandat de la Conférence sur les restes explosifs de guerre. L’ambassadeur de la Lituanie Edvardas Borisovas assure la préparation de la Conférence en tant que coordonnateur sur ces sujets.

Nous travaillerons enfin sur la question des mines autres que les mines anti-personnel, parfois appelées « mines anti-véhicule ». Un projet de protocole a été proposé sur ce sujet l’an dernier par le coordonnateur de l’époque, l’ambassadeur de Finlande Markku Reimaa et les travaux sont aujourd’hui coordonnés par son successeur, l’ambassadeur du Brésil Carlos Antonio Da Rocha Paranhos.

A nos travaux sont associés très étroitement l’ambassadeur de Croatie Gordan Markotic qui présidait l’an dernier la réunion des Etats parties de la CCW et qui a accepté de piloter cette année le travail sur les questions du respect de la convention en tant qu’ami de la Présidence, ainsi que le Secrétariat de la Conférence assuré par le Département des affaires de désarmement des Nations Unies, conduit par Peter Kolarov. Nous sommes également aidés par les experts militaires présidés, pour les restes explosifs de guerre, par Mme Vera Bohle du Centre international de déminage humanitaire de Genève et par le Général Menandro (Brésil).

En tant que Président, mon espoir est de voir la Conférence aboutir à un résultat aussi riche que possible en terme de substance. Je souhaite préserver, au-delà de la Conférence, la solidarité et l’amitié qui prévalent déjà au sein de l’équipe que je viens de vous présenter. C’est l’une des conditions du succès.

Je forme aussi le vœu que cette Conférence d’examen, au fonctionnement de laquelle les organisations non-gouvernementales sont traditionnellement très étroitement associées, soit un lieu d’accueil et de débat où toutes les sensibilités et préoccupations – et pas seulement celles des Etats – puissent s’exprimer et être entendues.

N’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos idées et suggestions pour faire de cette Conférence un événement qui serve au mieux les intérêts de la communauté internationale.

Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations

To see the Message by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Third Review Conference of the States parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, please click here.

To listen to the Message by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Third Review Conference, delivered on 7 November 2006 by Mr. Tim Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director of the Geneva Branch of the Department for Disarmament Affairs, at the first plenary meeting of the Conference, please click here.

To see the Message by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Third Review Conference of the States parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to mark the entry into force of Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War, please click here.

To listen to the Message by the Secretary-General on the occasion of the entry into force of CCW Protocol V on Explosive remnants of war, delivered on 13 November 2006 by Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, please click here.

Office Holders of the Third Review Conference

Pursuant to Rule 6 of the Draft Rules of Procedure of the Third Review Conference, as contained in document CCW/CONF.III/3, dated 25 August 2006, “[t]he Conference shall elect from among the States parties participating in the Conference a President, ten Vice-Presidents as well as the Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson for each of the Main Committees, the Drafting Committee and the Credentials Committee.” Furthermore, Rule 4 (1) stipulates that “There shall be a Credentials Committee of five members elected by the Conference on the proposal of the President.

President The 2005 Meeting of the States parties to the CCW has nominated Ambassador François Rivasseau of France as President-designate of the Third Review Conference. At its first plenary meeting, on 7 November 2006, the Conference confirmed by acclamation this nomination.

Vice-Presidents Pursuant to Rule 6 of the Draft Rules of Procedure and in accordance with the established practice, ten Vice-Presidents have been elected unanimously by the Conference at its first plenary meeting, on 7 November 2006, following a nomination by the regional groups and China, as follows: Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Philippines, Poland and Switzerland.

Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and members of each of the Main Committees, the Drafting Committee and the Credentials Committee, as elected at the first plenary meeting of the Conference:

Committee
Chairperson
Vice-Chairperson
Members
General Committee
the President
the ten Vice-Presidents, the Chairpersons and the Vice-Chairpersons of the Main Committees, the Drafting Committee and the Credentials Committee
Main Committee I

Mr. Edvardas Borisovas (Lithuania)

Ms Katherine Baker (United States of America)

Main Committee II
Mr. Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos (Brazil)
Mr. Vladimir Novokhatskiy (Russian Federation)
Drafting Committee

Mr. Jayant Prasad (India)

Mr. Itzhak Levanon (Israel)

same as in the General Committee
Credentials Committee

Mr. Gordan Markotić (Croatia)

Mr. Enrique Ochoa Martínez (Mexico)
Australia, Slovakia, South Africa

Official Documents

Provisional Agenda of the Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/1)

Provisional Agenda of the Third Review Conference

Annotations

(CCW/CONF.III/1/Add.1)

Provisional Programme of Work of the

Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/2)

Draft Rules of Procedure

(CCW/CONF.III/3)

Provisional Agenda of Main Committee I

(CCW/CONF.III/4)

Provisional Agenda of Main Committee II

(CCW/CONF.III/5)

Plan of Action to Promote Universality of the CCW

(CCW/CONF.III/6)

Plan of Action to Promote Universality of the CCW

(CCW/CONF.III/6/Amend.1)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

(CCW/CONF.III/7-CCW/GGE/XV/6)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 1

Report of the Work on Explosive Remnants of War

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.1-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.1)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 2

Report of the Work in 2006 on

Mines Other Than Anti-Personnel Mines

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.2-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.2)

Procedural ReportGroup of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 3

Report of the President-Designate

on the Issue of Compliance

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.3-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.3)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 4

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME OF WORK OF MAIN COMMITTEE I

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.4-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.4)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 5

Provisional Programme of Work of Main Committee II

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.5-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.5)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 6

Draft Declaration on the Occasion of Entry Into Force of

CCW Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.6-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.6)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 7

Draft Final Document of the Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.7-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.7)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 7

Draft Final Document of the Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.7/Corr.1-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.7/Corr.1)

Draft Final Document of the Third Review Conference

Amendment

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.7/Amend.1-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.7/Amend.1)

Procedural Report

Group of Governmental Experts of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects

Fifteenth Session

(Geneva, 28 August – 6 September 2006)

Addendum 8

Draft Decision on the Establishment of a

Sponsorship Programme Under the Convention

(CCW/CONF.III/7/Add.8-CCW/GGE/XV/6/Add.8)

Draft Decision on Compliance

(CCW/CONF.III/8)

Draft Decision on Compliance

Amendment

(CCW/CONF.III/8/Amend.1)

Report of Main Committee I

(CCW/CONF.III/9)

Report of Main Committee II

(CCW/CONF.III/10)

Report of the Credentials Committee

(CCW/CONF.III/CC/1)

Draft Report of the Credentials Committee

(CCW/CONF.III/CC/CRP.1)

Report of the Drafting Committee

(CCW/CONF.III/DC.1)

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Draft Report of the Drafting Committee

(CCW/CONF.III/DC/CRP.1)

Estimated Costs of the Meeting of the High Contracting

Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on

the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed

to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/L.1)

Estimated Costs of the 2007 Meeting of the Group of

Governmental Experts of the High Contracting Parties to the

Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of

Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be

Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/L.2)

Draft Report of Main Committee I

(CCW/CONF.III/MC.I/CRP.1)

Draft Report of Main Committee II

(CCW/CONF.III/MC.II/CRP.1)

Proposal for a Mandate to Negotiate

a Legally-Binding Instrument that Addresses the

Humanitarian Concerns Posed by Cluster Munitions

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.1)

Proposal for a Mandate to Study Laser Systems

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.2)

Proposal for a Mandate on Explosive Remnants of War

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.3)

Proposal for a Preambular Paragraph of the

Final Declaration to be Adopted at the

Third Review Conference

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.4)

European Union Comments on the Report by the

Coordinator and the Chairperson of the Meetings

of Military Experts on the Work in 2006 on MOTAPM

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.5)

European Union Comments on the Report by the

Coordinator and the Chairperson of the Meetings

of Military Experts on the Work in 2006 on MOTAPM

Corrigendum

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.5/Corr.1)

An Integrated Approach to Efforts to Ensure More

Effective Protection of Civilians from MOTAPM

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.6)

Proposal of Amendment to Document

CCW/CONF.III/7/ADD.7 – CCW/GGE/XV/6/ADD.7 entitled

Draft Final Document

of the Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties

to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use

of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be

Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.7)

Draft Amendment to the Plan of Action

to Promote Universality

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.8)

Expected Civilian Damage and the Proportionality Equation –

to What Extent Should the Mid to Longer Term Consequences

of Explosive Remnants of War be Taken into Consideration

in the Proportionality Assessment

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.9)

Issues to be Studies on Military Laser Systems

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.10)

Proposal of Amendment to Document

CCW/CONF.III/7/ADD.7 – CCW/GGE/XV/6/ADD.7 Entitled

Draft Final Document

of the Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties

to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use

of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be

Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.11)

 

Proposal of Amendment to DocumentCCW/CONF.III/7/ADD.7 – CCW/GGE/XV/6/ADD.7 Entitled

Draft Final Document

of the Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties

to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use

of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be

Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.12)

 

Proposal of Amendment to DocumentCCW/CONF.III/7/ADD.7 – CCW/GGE/XV/6/ADD.7 Entitled

Draft Final Document

of the Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties

to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use

of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be

Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.13)

Proposal for a Decision on a Mandate

on Cluster Munitions

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.14)

Proposal for a Mandate on

Explosive Remnants of War

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.15)

Declaration on Anti-Vehicle Mines

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.16)

 

Declaration on Anti-Vehicle Mines(CCW/CONF.III/WP.16/AMEND.1)

Declaration on Anti-Vehicle Mines

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.16/AMEND.2)

 

Declaration on Anti-Vehicle MinesAddendum

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.16/Add.1)

Declaration on Anti-Vehicle Mines

Addendum

(CCW/CONF.III/WP.16/Add.2)

 

Declaration on MOTAPM(CCW/CONF.III/WP.17)

 

Declaration on Cluster Munitions(CCW/CONF.III/WP.18)

List of Participants

(CCW/CONF.III/INF.1)

(English only)

Summary Records

Summary Record of the First Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.1)

 

Summary Record of the Second Meeting(CCW/CONF.III/SR.2)

Summary Record of the Third Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.3)

Summary Record of the Fourth Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.4)

 

Summary Record of the Fifth Meeting(CCW/CONF.III/SR.5)

Summary Record of the Sixth Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.6)

Summary Record of the Seventh Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.7)

Summary Record of the Eighth Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.8)

Summary Record of the Ninth Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.9)

Summary Record of the Tenth Meeting

(CCW/CONF.III/SR.10)

Statements to the Conference and its Main Committees

Special Plenary Meeting on Protocol V, 13 November 2006

State/Organization
Text
Audio
President of GICHD
ICRC

United NationsMine Action Team

GICHD
Netherlands

Finland(on behalf of the E.U.)

Australia
China
Republic of Korea
Austria
Lithuania
India
Ukraine
Belarus
Switzerland
New Zealand
France
Estonia
Russian Federation
Pakistan
Japan
Croatia
Brazil
Jordan
United Kingdom
Norway
Italy
Human Rights Watch
Mines Action Canada

Plenary Meetings (General Exchange of Views), 7 and 8 November 2006

State/Organization
Text
Audio

Finland(on behalf of the E.U.)

Australia
New Zealand
Germany
China
Republic of Korea
Mexico
Russian Federation
Chile
Pakistan
Switzerland
Holy See
India
United States of America
Colombia
Peru
Canada
Argentina
Brazil
Japan
Ukraine
Philippines
Israel
Cuba
Turkey
Norway
Zimbabwe
Czech Republic
ICRC

United NationsMine Action Team

GICHD
Italy
Cluster Munition Coalition
Handicap International
Landmine Action
Mines Action Canada
Human Rights Watch
Lebanon
Israel

Final Plenary Meetings, 17 November 2006

State/Organization
Text
Audio
Japan
Denmark
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States of America
Germany
Sweden
Israel
Norway
New Zealand

Finland(on behalf of the E.U.)

Republic of Korea
Hungary
Austria

The former YugoslavRepublic of Macedonia

Croatia
Germany
India
Australia
China
United States of America
Ireland
Belgium
Holy See
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Serbia
Morocco
Albania
ICRC
Handicap International
Cluster Munition Coalition
Human Rights Watch
Mines Action Canada
United Kingdom

Meetings of Main Committee I

State/Organization
Text
Audio
Belarus

Finland(on behalf of the E.U.)

United States of America
Japan

Finland(on behalf of the E.U.)

Russian Federation
ICRC
Sweden
Canada
Norway
United States of America
Russian Federation
United States of America
ICRC
Germany

Meetings of Main Committee II

State/Organization
Text
Audio

Finland(on behalf of the European Union)

Austria
Belgium
Australia
Belarus
Brazil
Japan
Israel
India
Cuba
France
Canada
Netherlands
United States of America
Ireland
Russian Federation
United States of America
President
Russian Federation
United States of America
Russian Federation
China
United States of America
Belarus
Cuba
Pakistan
ICRC
Sweden
China
Russian Federation

Photo Gallery

CCW Third Review Conference photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47.