International Network on Explosive Weapons

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), a nongovernmental organization partnership established in 2011, calls for immediate action to reduce human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

INEW urges states and other actors to face up to the problem as a policy challenge, to meet the needs of victims and survivors, to review their national practices, and to come together to develop stronger international standards to curb this pattern of violence.

Monument in memory of all the civilians killed or injured in armed conflicts.
Credit: Eugenie Berger|BMEIA, 2019

INEW members undertake research and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the problem and the concrete steps that can be taken to address it. They worked together to advocate for the 2022 political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and now are focusing their efforts on universalization and national implementation of the document. Many INEW member organizations also work in countries affected by explosive violence, providing development assistance, documenting the impact of violence, assisting the victims of explosive weapons, and clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).