Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Protocol V

Overview

BACKGROUND
Pursuant to Article 10 (1) of the Protocol which states that "a Conference of High Contracting Parties shall be held as agreed to by a majority, but no less than eighteen High Contracting Parties", a letter co-signed by 22 States which have expressed consent to be bound by Protocol V was addressed to the Secretary-General, inviting him to convene a Preparatory meeting and a Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Protocol for the purpose of consultations and cooperation on all issues related to the operation of the Protocol.

The Third Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention (Geneva, 7-17 November 2006) decided on the dates and duration of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference (Geneva, 18 June 2007) and the First Conference (Geneva, 5 November 2007).

Meeting of the Preparatory Committee

The meeting of the PrepCom took place in Geneva on Monday, 18 June 2007. The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Johannes C. Landman of the Netherlands, who was also designated as President of the First Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V. The PrepCom also decided to designate Ambassador Jayant Prasad of India and Ambassador Edvardas Borisovas of Lithuania as Vice-Presidents of the First Conference.