19-20 May, Geneva, Switzerland

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The Mine Ban Treaty’s intersessional meetings took place on 19-20 May 2016 at the World Meteorological Organization building in Geneva, Switzerland.

The intersessional meetings provide an opportunity for states to report on the recent progress they have made to implement the Mine Ban Treaty and the Maputo Action Plan (MAP). The meetings also provide a platform for informal discussion on challenges, plans and requirements for assistance and cooperation to achieve the objectives of the treaty.

The meetings are open to States Parties, states not party, relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

At the intersessional meetings: 

  • States are expected to condemn any new use of antipersonnel mines, and to highlight that the use of landmines is unacceptable under any circumstances;
  • States Parties should be prepared to discuss progress made over the last year to implement the Mine Ban Treaty and the Maputo Action Plan, as well as plans and challenges for the completion of treaty obligations;
  • States not party to the treaty are expected to report on steps that have taken to join the treaty;
  • States should also contribute to any other agenda item where they have expertise, questions, or observations to share.

Every year the ICBL actively participates in these meetings by delivering expert statements, making the voice of mine survivors heard, organizing side events and providing information online and to the media on progress being made towards a mine-free world.

Summary of the Meeting

Highlights from the plenary and side events held on 19-20 May 2016


Statements delivered by the ICBL

Statement on Victim Assistance

Comments on Peru's extension request

Remarks on the Situation in Ukraine

Commentaire sur la demande de prorogation de date butoir de deminage deposee par le Niger

Statement on Cooperation and Assistance

Statement on Compliance

Statement on Universalization

Statement on Stockpile Destruction

Statement on Transparency

Official programme and statements delivered by state delegations

The official programme, summaries and statements are available on the website of the Implementation Support Unit.

Memo for governments

Click here to downlaod ICBL's Memo for Governments on the intersessional meetings.