Limiting the Humanitarian Consequences from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas 

Next Steps in Implementation of the Political Declaration

November 2022

On November 18, 2022, countries will convene in Dublin, Ireland, to endorse the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Humanitarian Consequences Arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (‘the Declaration’).

The Declaration is the result of three years of consultation and tireless advocacy to better protect civilians from the harm arising from the use of explosive weapons. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) urges states to endorse this landmark declaration to strengthen the protection of civilians.

The Declaration is not an international treaty, but states that endorse the Declaration are committing to act in good faith and take the necessary steps to implement the commitments outlined in the text and enacting changes in policies, guidance, tools, practices, and training.

In this brief, CIVIC provides guidance and direction on how to interpret the language contained the Declaration and how to implement the required actions.


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