We just wanted to highlight one of the last acts of the Labour Government – On the 4th May the UK became the 32nd country to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The instrument of ratification was deposited at the UN in New York on May 4. The treaty will now enter into force for the UK on 1 November 2010.
The Convention is recognised as one of the most significant disarmament treaties of recent years, prohibiting the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. The Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010, which received Royal Assent on 25 March 2010, implements the UK’s international obligations under the treaty.