An alliance of charities has banded together to form the Cluster Munitions Consortium to lobby for the implementation of an international law on cluster munitions, so that, they claim, millions of lives will be saved every year.
More than 80 NGOs have joined the coalition, including Landmine Action UK, Handicap International and Human Rights Watch. The consortium is now urging other international organisations to join the campaign for a ban on the use, production or transfer of cluster munitions.
The coalition also wants to increase resources to support communities affected by unexploded cluster munitions, and force countries that use these weapons to recognise their responsibility to clearance programmes, education of civilians and assistance to victims.
Unexploded ordnance from cluster munitions kill more people than anti-personnel landmines, but are not yet subject to international law.
"A coalition was needed to give a stronger voice to those NGOs fighting for the victims of cluster munitions," said Beatrice Cami, spokeswoman for Handicap International.