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The Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
The commitment of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons talks -- a week of talks over the course of an entire year -- is unambitious.
By agreeing to keep talking, the 118 nations that are part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), an existing international treaty, acknowledged the unease that the idea of such weapons causes for the public.
Other UN bodies where Pakistan has raised this concern include the UN Security Council, Committees of UN General Assembly dealing with Disarmament and International Security issues and Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons.
The agreements were on the Arms Trade Treaty, 2013, the 2008 Convention on Prohibition or Restriction on the use of certain conventional weapons deemed excessively injurious or possessing indiscriminate effects and Protocol III, IV and V of the convention, in line with other GCC states.
A first of its kind, and the first time the UN has agreed to a major treaty to control conventional weapons since the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, it is being praised by many as a much needed start to protecting vulnerable people; however, it does have its limits.
In addition, 111 have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 81 States have consented to be bound by Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
For years, the international community was unable to secure a mandate to negotiate a legally binding instrument on cluster munitions in the traditional UN forum for conventional arms discussions, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).