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Papua New Guinea

Last Updated: 12 August 2014

Cluster Munition Ban Policy


Papua New Guinea (PNG) has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

The status of accession is not known as PNG last commented on the matter in 2008.

PNG joined the Oslo Process in February 2008 and adopted the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Dublin on 30 May 2008. A government representative was present at the Signing Conference in Oslo in December 2008 but indicated that he did not have the correct paperwork ready to sign the convention at the time.[1]

PNG has not attended any meetings of the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2008.

It has, however, voted in favor of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions condemning the Syrian government’s cluster munition use, including Resolution 68/182 on 18 December 2013, which expressed “outrage” at Syria’s “continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights…including those involving the use of…cluster munitions.”[2]

PNG is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It has not joined the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

PNG is not known to have ever used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.


[1] Interview with Yu Minibi, Foreign Service Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Oslo, 3 December 2008.

[2]Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution A/RES/68/182, 18 December 2013.. PNG voted in favor of a similar resolution on 15 May 2013.