25-26 June, Geneva, Switzerland
The intersessional meetings of the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) will take place on 25-26 June at the World Meteorological Organization Building, in Geneva.
The intersessional meetings serve as the center piece of the Intersessional Work Programme established in 1999 at the First Meeting of the States Parties.
The intersessional meetings provide an opportunity for states to report on the recent progress they have made to implement the MBT 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.
What are states expected to do at the intersessional meetings?
- States Parties should prepare progress reports on all relevant areas of the MBT, making sure to clearly provide information on what has been achieved in the past year, what remains to be done, plans for the future, and any needs for cooperation and assistance.
- States not party to the MBT are expected to report on steps that have taken to join the treaty.
- States are expected to condemn any new use of antipersonnel mines, and to highlight the fact that the use of landmines is unacceptable under any circumstances.
- States should also contribute to any other item on the agenda where they have expertise, questions, or observations to share throughout the intersessional meetings.
- All states should set concrete goals to be achieved by the next Review Conference, on the treaty’s implementation or universalization, and work diligently towards them.
Every year the ICBL actively participates in these meetings, 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 to eradicate landmines once and for all.