Tehmina Janjua makes history as first woman to chair CCW review conference

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, became the first woman, and the first developing country representative, to preside over the Conference of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Fifth Review Conference.

She was elected unanimously as the President of the CCW.

Janjua has been short-listed, amongst three senior most officials at the Foreign Office, to be the next foreign secretary.

She will be the first woman foreign secretary for Pakistan’s Foreign Office if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif picks her name.

Adopted on 10th October 1980, the Convention codifies two fundamental customary principles of international humanitarian law applicable in armed conflict: the prohibition on the use of weapons which have indiscriminate effects and the prohibition on weapons which are “of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering.”

The Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the use of certain Conventional Weapons, which may be excessively injurious or have indiscriminate effect the CCW, and its Protocols deal with prohibitions, restrictions and regulation of the use of weapons such as mines, booby traps, incendiary weapons, blinding lasers and explosive remnants of war.

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