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Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:30 - 13:30

The 8th update of the Report; 'Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: A Shared Responsibility'

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English with simultaneous interpretation

Cluster bombs have emerged as one of the world's more pernicious military weapons, taking a civilian toll, quite often children, months and years after a conflict ends. Used in more than 35 countries, cluster bombs have killed and injured tens of thousands of civilians. Over 380 million bomblets were used in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s alone, and many of the bomblets are still killing people today.

While Japan is a signatory to the legally-binding 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster bombs,several Japanese megabanks and even the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) are nevertheless still involved in the financing of cluster bomb production in other countries. Our speakers argue that it is time for this to change.

Maaike Beenes is project officer at PAX, a Dutch peace organization. She works on issues of cluster munitions and researches investments in producers of cluster munitions. She is co-author of the 2016 report 'Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: a shared responsibility'. Beenes also works on nuclear disarmament and is co-author of the report 'Don't Bank on the Bomb,' about investments in producers of nuclear weapons.

Firoz Alizada works for the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC) as the Campaigns and Communications Manager in Geneva. For the past fifteen years, Alizada has worked to eradicate landmines and cluster bombs and to improve the rights of survivors and persons with disabilities. He leads CMC's Stop Explosive Investment campaign and coordinates civil society’s participation in international diplomatic conferences on landmines and cluster bombs.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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