Presentation and position of France [fr]
The improvised explosive devices (IED) represent a category of explosive weapons that may take various forms and be activated in different ways.
Very accessible, these weapons are used more and more in current conflicts and represent a significant threat for civilian populations and a major operational risk for our forces involved in the field. The IED are notably used by terrorist groups.
In Geneva, the question of improvised explosive devices is dealt with within the framework of the amended Protocol II of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, or Convention on certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).
France is particularly active in the fight against IED, within the Geneva fora.
As a consequence, we co-preside with the Republic of Moldova, within the framework of the amended Protocol II of the CCW, an informal group of experts on IED.
France also sponsored the first resolution on the threat posed by IED, tabled by Afghanistan during the 2015 session of the First Committee (disarmament and international security) of the United Nations General Assembly. Thus the resolution A/RES/70/46, adopted on the 7th of December 20155, notably reminds the importance of the threat, encourages States to adopt national measures to fight IED and encourages cooperation and international assistance regarding this matter.