Congratulations to the government of the Philippines on its ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), thereby becoming State Party no. 106 of the Convention. The Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York on 3 January 2019; in accordance with Article 17(2), the Convention will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 July 2019.
Ambassador Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President of the Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP), applauds this important decision and wholeheartedly welcomes the Philippines as the 106th State Party of the CCM. He also calls on Signatory States and States not Party to ratify or accede to the Convention as a matter of priority.