The 29th IFUW Conference resolves:
- that the IFUW Board of Officers urge the appropriate United Nations bodies to establish an independent international investigation to establish definitively the short and long-term effects of depleted uranium on human populations and the environment; and,
- that national federations and associations (NFAs) advocate that their respective governments, pending the outcome of such an investigation, prohibit their armed forces from using weaponry containing depleted uranium, and take action in the U.N. to have the use of depleted uranium in armaments declared illegal under the international laws of war and hence liable to prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
Plan of Action
- IFUW Board of Officers to make the necessary interventions as soon as possible to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. Commission on Disarmament and any other appropriate bodies.
- NFAs to investigate the existing policies and practices of their respective governments on the use of depleted uranium in armaments in order to convey the substantive intent of part 2 of the motion in appropriate terms. Follow-up letters to be sent if no response has been received within two months of the first approach, or if the response is unsatisfactory.
NFAs to report responses to IFUW and this material to be publicized through the advocacy network.