More states express support for new standards on explosive weapons at UN debate
On 19 January 2016, the UN Security Council held an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. At the debate, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the Nordic Group of states raised the use of explosive... Read more
Explosive weapons discussed at the International Conference of the Red Cross
On 9 December 2015 in Geneva, at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the humanitarian problem of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas was discussed at a side event chaired by Ambassador Thomas... Read more
Ban Ki-Moon, ICRC call for curb on explosive weapons use, states move towards commitm...
On 31 October, as First Committee delegates contemplated their voting instructions, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer met in Geneva to issue a stark critique of international efforts to protect civilians. Their six-point call included a... Read more
UK turns back on UN protection of civilians
Thomas Nash The UK is set to break with a 15-year tradition by refusing to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians during its presidency of the UN Security Council in November. Its plan to forego an open... Read more