The Convention on Cluster Munitions bans all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. Cluster munitions do not distinguish between civilians and combatants and can leave behind unexploded ordnance which can harm civilians and be detrimental to economic and social development for decades after use. The Convention aids in clearance of contaminated areas in order to prevent future disasters. It also provides risk reduction education and establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance for survivors.
Opened for Signature: 3 December 2008
Entry into force: 1 August 2010
Official Text: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/cluster_munitions/text
Status and Signatories: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/cluster_munitions
ACA Backgrounder: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/clusterataglance