Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 04 September 2020

Ten-Year Review: Non-signatory Barbados has never commented on cluster munitions or its position on acceding to the convention, but it has voted in favor of every United Nations (UN) resolution promoting the convention. Barbados is not known to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.


Barbados has not yet acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Barbados did not participate in the Oslo Process that created the convention. It has never made an official statement to elaborate its views on banning cluster munitions.

Barbados has never attended a formal meeting of the convention, but a government official participated in a regional workshop on the convention in St. George’s, Grenada in March 2020.

In December 2019, Barbados voted in favor a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution urging states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.”[1] It has voted in favor of the annual UN resolution promoting the convention since it was first introduced in 2015.

Barbados has also voted in favor of UNGA resolutions expressing outrage at the use of cluster munitions in Syria, most recently in December 2019.[2]

Barbados is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It has not joined the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Barbados is not known to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

[1]Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 74/62, 12 December 2019.

[2]Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution 74/169, 18 December 2019. Barbados voted in favor of similar resolutions in 2013–2018.

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 12 November 2019


Barbados signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 26 January 1999, becoming a State Party on 1 July 1999. Barbados has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty.

Barbados has not attended any recent meetings of the treaty. It did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. Barbados submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report on 12 May 2003 but has not provided subsequent annual reports.

On 5 December 2018, Barbados voted in favor of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 73/61 promoting universalization and implementation of the convention, as it has done in previous years.[1]

Barbados is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, nor is it party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Production, transfer, use, stockpiling, and destruction

Barbados has never used, produced, imported, exported, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes.

[1] “Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction,” UNGA Resolution 73/61, 5 December 2018.