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The Republic of Namibia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo on 3 December 2008. The status of the ratification process is not known.

Namibia was not present at any of the four Oslo Process international diplomatic conferences in 2007 and 2008 to develop the convention text, or the formal negotiations in Dublin in May 2008. Namibia did attend the African regional meetings held in Livingstone in March/April 2008 and Kampala in September 2008.

Namibia endorsed the Livingstone Declaration, calling for a comprehensive convention with a prohibition that should be “total and immediate.”[1] At the Kampala conference, Namibia announced its intent to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions and urged all countries to join. It endorsed the Kampala Action Plan, which declared that states should sign and “take all necessary measures to ratify the convention as soon as possible.”[2] Namibia’s representative to Sweden, Ambassador Theresia Samaria, signed the convention in Oslo.

Namibia has stated that it does not stockpile cluster munitions.[3] It is not known to have used, produced, imported, or exported them.

Namibia is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

[1] Livingstone Declaration, Livingstone Conference on Cluster Munitions, 1 April 2008.

[2] CMC, “Report on the Kampala Conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” 30 September 2008; Kampala Action Plan, Kampala Conference, 30 September 2008.

[3] Statement of Namibia, Kampala Conference, 30 September 2008. Notes by CMC.