Namibia has become the 104th member state to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, following deposit of the instrument of ratification with the United Nations (UN).
“Namibia’s accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, just two days before the opening of the Eighth Meeting of States Parties in Geneva, is yet another indication of the strength of this treaty and the global norm banning these horrific weapons,” said Cluster Munition Director, Hector Guerra.
The Republic of Namibia was an early supporter of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, signing in 2008 and participating in every Meeting of States Parties since then. The country voted in favor of a key United Nations resolution on the convention in December 2017.
Namibia states that it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions and has condemned new use of cluster munitions.
The Convention will enter into force for Namibia on 1 February 2019.
“it is great to see universalization of the Convention moving forward in Africa,” Guerra said. Namibia’s ratification means that 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now on board the treaty.