The Landmine Monitor - an initiative that reports on implementation of and compliance with the 1999 Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) - will be renamed the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor in recognition of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) coming into force.
The required total of 30 countries needed to ratify the convention, signed in the Norwegian capital of Oslo in December 2008, was reached when Burkina Faso and Moldova enacted legislation on 16 February 2010, allowing the agreement to become binding in international law. It will enter into force on 1 August 2010.
The CCM, like the MBT, seeks to ban the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of these weapons and has so far been signed by 105 countries.
"We will produce three publications [in 2010]: Country Profiles, Cluster Munition Monitor, and Landmine Monitor," the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor said in a statement.
The first edition of the 400-page Cluster Munition Monitor will be released on 1 November 2010, ahead of the First Meeting of States Parties to the CCM in Laos, and will include a global overview of ban policy, clearance, casualties and victim assistance, and international funding.
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