Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques (ENMOD). ENMOD. Entry into force: 5 October. ENMOD Review Conference – Preparatory Committee () . #Gambia ratifies the Cluster Munitions Convention, bringing the number of states parties to The Convention defines environmental modification techniques as changing — through the deliberate manipulation of natural processes — the dynamics.

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War, law and environment International humanitarian law has two main instruments to protect the environment during hostilities.

The Consultative Committee of Experts shall undertake to make appropriate findings of fact and provide expert views relevant to any problem raised pursuant to paragraph 1 of article V of this Convention by the State Party requesting the convening of the Committee.

If one third or ten of the States Parties, whichever number is less, respond affirmatively, the Depositary shall take immediate steps to convene the conference. Retrieved 24 August Creeping militarization of climate engineering.

Environmental Modification Convention

It also provides that at intervals of not less than five years thereafter, a majority of the States Parties to the Convention may obtain, by submitting a proposal to this effect to the Depositary, the conventioj of a conference with the same objectives, and that if no conference has been convened within ten years following the conclusion of a previous conference, the Depositary shall solicit the views of all States Parties to the Convention, concerning the convening of such a concention.

Only one State, Uruguay, expressed support for convening a new review covnention, while two, USA and UK, stated that they see no need for such a conference The text of any proposed amendment shall be submitted to the Depositary, who shall promptly circulate it to all States Parties.

A compromise solution to the problems with the scope was the acceptance of Fnmod proposal to establish a Consultative Committee of Experts to “provide expert views relevant to clarifying the scope and application of the provisions of the Convention”.


Secretary-General of the United Nations. This third conference never took place.

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This Convention shall be open to all States for signature. Each expert may be assisted at meetings by one or more advisers. Clearly, the perceived lack of relevance of ENMOD to the enmmod security needs of most states is the reason for the low level of adherence. Article 2 specifies what is meant exactly by the term “environmental modification techniques”.

States parties undertake not to engage in military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage or injury to another State party article I. Retrieved from ” https: Croatia, Malta, Latvia, and My purpose here is not to show why the rampant militarization of our planet is a major cause of deterioration of our ecosystems.

However, a call for broader adherence will not achieve any more than a similar urging by the First Review Conference unless is accompanied by action that addresses the fundamental cause of low adherence to the ENMOD Convention, its perceived irrelevance to the real security of States.

As of Januarythe Convention has 78 state parties. Its purpose was to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail to slow enemy movement through increased rainfall caused by seeding the cloud masses with large amounts of silver iodide spread by air. However, it was disappointed that the Conference had been unable to agree to convene an expert meeting to discuss future confidence building mechanisms and verification mechanisms, which could not but enhance the Convention.

France, nuclear power and host of the COP 21 meeting! Each State Party to this Convention undertakes to cooperate in carrying out any investigation which the Security Council may initiate, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, on the basis of the complaint received by the Council. These Understandings are not incorporated into the Convention but are part of the negotiating record and were included in the report transmitted by the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament to the United Nations General Assembly in September Report of the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament, Volume I, General Assembly Official records: Welcome Parties’ commitment to observe their obligations vis-a-vis non parties.


A propos de cette page Auteur s: The Disarmament Bulletin, N. The States Parties to this Convention undertake to consult one another and to co-operate in solving any problems which may arise in relation to the objectives of, or in the application of the provisions of, the Convention. Thereafter it shall enter into force for any remaining State Party on the date of deposit of its instrument of acceptance. At least one unidentified state party opposed the need to convene the Consultative Committee of Experts, and a reference to that fact was also included in the Final Declaration [PDF].

Each State Party to this Convention undertakes to provide or support assistance, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to any State Party which so requests, if the Security Council decides that such Party has been harmed or is likely to be harmed as a result of violation of the Convention. The revelation of these experiences caused some emotions, as much on the Soviet side as at the US Senate, enough to convince the states at the Conference on Disarmament to adopt provisions prohibiting the use of the environment as a “weapon of war “.

Many states do not regard this as a complete ban on the use of herbicides in warfare, such as Agent Orangebut it does require case-by-case consideration. Retrieved 19 June This Convention shall be registered by the Depositary in accordance with Article of the Charter of the United Nations. There seems to be a confusion between the techniques and their effects and the Convention to totally ignores the technological developments of the two last decades.