Niue deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 6 August. Congratulations to Niue on becoming the 109th State Party! PSALM students participated in remote campaigning while out of school sending postcards to countries, including Niue, encouraging them to accend the treaty.
With the Second Review Conference just a few months away and as we just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the total ban on cluster munitions, the accession of Niue is an encouraging step forward and sets an example for the Pacific states which have yet to join the life-saving ban.
To date, 122 states have endorsed the goals of the convention, of which 109 are States Parties and 13 still remain signatories. As set out in the Dubrovnik Action Plan, the aim is to reach 130 States Parties by November 2020.
In the Pacific region, eight states have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions – Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau and Samoa – while eight states remain outside of the convention – Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Niue is not known to have ever used, produced, transferred or stockpiled cluster munitions. The convention will enter into force for Niue on 1 February 2021