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Cape Verde

Last Updated: 26 July 2011

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Commitment to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Convention on Cluster Munitions status

State Party

Participation in Convention on Cluster Munitions meetings


Key developments

Ratified on 19 October 2010, State Party as of 1 April 2011


The Republic of Cape Verde signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 3 December 2008 and ratified on 19 October 2010. The convention entered into force for Cape Verde on 1 April 2011.

Cape Verde deposited its instrument of ratification during a Special Event on the Convention on Cluster Munitions held during the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security in New York on 19 October 2010.[1] Cape Verde was the 43rd state to ratify the convention. The National Assembly approved Resolution No. 137/VII/2010 to ratify the convention in late June 2010, which was then signed by the President and published in the official gazette on 26 July 2010.[2]

It is not known if Cape Verde has begun the process of preparing national implementation legislation or other measures.

Cape Verde’s initial Convention on Cluster Munitions Article 7 report is due by 28 October 2011.

Cape Verde did not participate in any meetings of the Oslo Process that created the convention, before it signed the convention in Oslo in December 2008. It has not attended any international or regional meetings related to the convention since 2008, such as the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010.

Cape Verde is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It is also party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), but has not ratified CCW Protocol V on explosive remnants of war and has not actively participated in CCW deliberations on cluster munitions in recent years. 

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


[1] CMC newsletter, November 2010, www.stopclustermunitions.org

[2] Telephone interview with Elias Lopes Andrade, Counselor, Coordinator of Legal and Treaty Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 30 July 2010.