The Cluster Munition Coalition is an international civil society campaign working to eradicate cluster munitions, prevent further casualties from these weapons and put an end for all time to the suffering they cause. The Coalition works through its members to change the policy and practice of governments and organisations towards these aims and raise awareness of the problem amongst the public. CMC Australia (CMCA) was formed on 16 January 2008. We are member of the CMC International along with other global campaigns in over 90 countries.
Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC)
The CMC is a network of around 200 civil society organisations, including NGOs, faith-based groups and professional organisations. It includes global organisations like Handicap International, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Human Rights Watch, as well as national-based organisations such as the Lebanon Landmine Resource Centre, Protection in Egypt and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society.
The CMC’s goal is to protect civilians from the effects of cluster munitions.
The CMC has three strategic objectives to achieve this goal:
1. To ensure the success of an international process establishing an effective prohibition on cluster munitions that cause unacceptable civilian harm.
2. To promote national measures that will reduce or eliminate civilian harm from cluster munitions in advance of an international process being completed.
3. To raise public awareness of civilian harm caused by cluster munitions and efforts made by civil society and concerned states to prevent this harm.
Members and individuals that support the CMC take part in a variety of activities around the world to achieve these goals, such as writing letters or emails to their representatives in government, organising public meetings, debates, exhibitions and other events to raise awareness of the problem. They conduct research in places where cluster munitions have been used and meet with government officials and ministers to make the case against cluster munitions and urge them to take concrete action and join the process to ban these indiscriminate weapons. They take part in the process by attending international meetings and lobbying their governments there.
Above all, the CMC is a group of people committed to the protection of civilians in armed conflict and to democratic processes to promote human security. CMC members stand for justice, international law, human security and human rights.
Cluster Munition Coaltion Australia (CMCA)
CMCA is a group of Australian non-governmental organisations and a number of individuals that supports the international call to stop cluster munitions from harming civilians. Ban Bus is currently the group’s focal point.
The Cluster Munition Coalition Australia is working to ensure that the Australian government takes strong leadership in the “Oslo Process”.
The CMCA’s goal is to protect civilians from the effects of cluster munitions. CMCA has three strategic objectives to achieve this goal:
To ensure the success of an international process establishing an effective prohibition on cluster munitions that cause unacceptable civilian harm;
To promote national measures that will reduce or eliminate civilian harm from cluster munitions in advance of an international process being completed; and
To raise public awareness of civilian harm caused by cluster munitions and efforts made by civil society and concerned states to prevent this harm.
Structure of CMC Australia
Ban Bus is currently the focal point for CMC Australia and takes a coordinating role in so far as ensuring transparent dialogue among members, disseminating relevant information among members as it emerges, feeding back to the coalition relevant outcomes from dialogue with government, coordinating joint initiatives (including events and publications), coordinating and providing secretariat support for meetings, reporting to members regularly on updates in the Process;
Each member agency will continue to operate under their respective organisational banners while adhering to the international CMC public position;
There will be no one single spokesperson for CMC Australia. Each agency, with their respective 'specialists', will be able to speak as media opportunities arise, while staying in line with the CMC position, noting that there are a number of informed and experienced individuals within CMC Australia qualified to speak to media, the public, and government; and
Each member of CMC Australia will engage in their respective campaigning and advocacy activities on behalf of their own agency and CMC Australia.
CMC Australia communicate mainly through Skype, google email groups, facebook and twitter.
CMCA uses Skype (www.skype.com) to conduct meetings. This allows us to have regular meetings with members across Australia and abroad without any cost. You need to install Skype on your computer and provide us with you Skype identity name. Meetings are announced through our google cmc-a group and on our members web site (https://sites.google.com/site/cmcaustralia/meeting-minutes-overview). Please contact mette (at) eliseussen.com and submit your Skype name if you want to join.
CMCA Google groups:
Only members can see and post messages. You can request an invitation to join this group, please specify if and what organization you represent, why you want to join, how you can contribute and if you would like to become a full member. Group activity is about 1-5 emails a week. All email communication in this group will automatically have [CMC-A] added to the subject line.
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CMCA working group
Only members can see and post messages. To be a member you have to be active in the CMC Australia's work, participating in CMCA conference calls, etc. Group activity is up to several emails a day. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to email@example.com
Profile: Cluster Munitions
Facebook page: CMC Australia
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Members of CMC Australia
Act for Peace
Australian Network Ban Landmines & Cluster munitions (ANBLC)
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Queensland
Australian Federation of Graduate Women
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Australian National University
Australian Peace Committee
Australian Pugwash Group
Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament (CICD)
Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Global Action to Prevent War at the University of Queensland
International Commission of Jurists - Australia
Jesuit Refugee Services Australia
Just Peace QLD
Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW)
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre
Mines Victims and Clearance Trust (MiVAC)
National Council of Churches Australia/Christian World Service (NCCA/CWS)
Pax Christi NSW
Peace Organisation of Australia
People With Disability
Sydney Centre for International Law
United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA)
Union Abroad APHEDA
* The Australian Red Cross, guided by the ICRC position on the matter, will continue to work side by side with CMC Australia on this issue.