Cluster Munitions

From the tenth anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty in 2007
Photo: Petter Foss /MFA Norway

Cluster munitions injure and kill civilians all over the world, both during and after wars. Norway has initiated a process aimed at securing an international ban on cluster munitions that have unacceptable humanitarian consequences. As a first step towards an international ban on cluster munitions, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, has invited UN and humanitarian organisat... Read more >

Cluster munitions are a large, and growing, problem. If their use continues to spread, and the number of those using them continues to grow, they may become an even greater humanitarian and development challenge than anti-personnel mines were in the 1990s. Attention is now being focused on cluster munitions, a general term for a variety of weapons that disperse a large number (anywhere from 10 ... Read more >

Since the mid-1990s, Norway has given high priority to efforts to reduce the suffering caused by landmines. Norway played a leading role in the process that ended with the adoption of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (the Mine Ban Convention), and the text of the Convention was finalised in negoti... Read more >