17 October 2012

Please click on the PDF icon above for the full 2011 annual report. The financial statement is available at the end of this page.

On 1 January 2011, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition started operating under one structure, the ICBL?CMC, with a new Governance Board of 17 organizations from 16 countries. In practical terms the ICBL and CMC remained two separate and strong campaigns with dedicated staff for both, supported by a pool of shared staff. Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor remained the research and monitoring arm of both campaigns and continues serving as the de facto monitoring regime of both the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Monitor continued to ensure all relevant stakeholders get the most up to date and relevant information about the global state of implementation of both conventions; as well as the global problem caused by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. Specific efforts were made to ensure national campaigners are engaged and received support needed to carry out effective campaign actions in targeted countries and globally. The ICBL continued to work closely with States Parties to support and enhance their efforts to fulfill their obligations under the treaty, with a particular focus on states that present particular challenges, and with States not party to join or make positive steps towards joining. The ICBL also advocated for an increased engagement and leadership by all States Parties in the work of the Mine Ban Treaty and in particular on key challenges, including: growing number of extensions for land clearance deadlines and States Parties falling behind their plans; newly discovered contaminated areas after the treaty deadline passed; victim assistance still being one of the least measurable and tangible areas under the Treaty; States Parties that missed their stockpile destruction deadlines remaining in violation of the treaty; or instances of mine use that constitute violation of the treaty (by States Parties) or of the norm. In 2011, we continued country?by?country advocacy activities including missions and correspondence, lobbying meetings, background papers and critiques, and global action alerts, as well as range of specific actions around the Intersessional Standing Committee (ISC) meetings, the Eleventh Meeting of States Parties, as well on the margins of the United Nations’ General Assembly. The ICBL worked with its members and the Monitor to clarify, subsequently condemn and publicize instances of new use of antipersonnel mines in 2011 in Libya, Israel, and Syria and engaged with States Parties to urge them to do the same and to put pressure on the users. In 2011, the ICBL contributed to the growth of the mine ban community to 159 members by early 2012 by proactive and ongoing engagement with South Sudan and Tuvalu that joined the treaty in 2011 and with Finland that acceded in January 2012. The ICBL members played a crucial role in securing pledge from the Libyan National Transitional Council to not use mines, destroy all stock and clear the land. Thanks to domestic efforts of the USCBL and global efforts of ICBL, the US policy review remained active, inclusive and thorough. Financial Statement 2011