Since its launch in 1992, the ICBL has been the voice of civil society in the diplomatic arena, pushing for changes in government policies and practices on addressing the suffering caused by landmines. The campaign includes national and international NGOs, as well as dedicated individuals, across many disciplines including human rights, development, refugee issues, and medical and humanitarian relief.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) raises awareness and advocates at the national, regional and international levels. Through its global membership the ICBL brings the reality of mine-affected communities into the diplomatic arena. ICBL campaigners around the world work in a spirit of cooperation with their governments and other partners to ensure countries join the Mine Ban Treaty and live up to the letter and spirit of the treaty.
In 2011, the ICBL merged with the Cluster Munition Coalition to become the ICBL-CMC – one organization with two separate campaigns on landmines and on cluster munitions.
The campaign work of both the ICBL and the CMC is underpinned and supported by the research work of the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. The Monitor provides the most up-to-date and relevant information on, and assessment of, the international community’s response to the problems caused by landmines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war. The Monitor is renowned for its independent and impartial reporting, and has become the de facto monitoring regime of the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.