3-7 December 2012, Geneva, Switzerland
This week, 3-7 December 2012, exactly 15 years after the Mine Ban Treaty was opened for signature in Ottawa, Canada, governments, international agencies, and civil society are gathering in Geneva for the treaty’s 12th Meeting of States Parties (12MSP).
The 12MSP will also mark three years since the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World, the treaty’s Second Review Conference and adoption of the Cartagena Action Plan: Ending The Suffering Caused By Anti-Personnel Mines 2010-2014. It is a chance for the international community to assess efforts to implement the treaty and the Cartagena Action Plan and to identify challenges and discuss plans how to fulfill these commitments by the treaty’s next review conference.
See also the 12MSP webpage on the official convention website.
At the 12 MSP, ICBL expects:
- States Parties to report on what they have done recently “to translate the Cartagena Action Plan into sustainable progress” and on how they plan to fully implement it by 2014, when the Third Review Conference of the MBT will take place.
- States not party to join the treaty or to report on steps they have taken to join the treaty.
- All states to condemn all recent use of antipersonnel mines and to express concerns about and demand investigation of all allegations of mine use.
- All states to actively participate in discussions throughout the 12MSP, in particular on the following key issues: treaty compliance; new extension requests for clearance deadlines; mined areas discovered after the treaty deadline has passed; slow or lack of progress on stockpile destruction, land clearance and victim assistance.
- Opening Statement to the 12th Meeting of the States Parties, 3 December 2012
- General Exchange of Views, 3 December 2012
- Comments on Mine Clearance Deadline Extension Requests, 3 December 2012
- ICBL Comments on Afghanistan’s Extension Request, 3 December 2012
- ICBL Comments on Angola’s Extension Request, 3 December 2012
- ICBL Comments on Zimbabwe's Extension Request, 4 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on the Extension Request Process, 4 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on Victim Assistance, 4 December 2012
- ICBL Comments on Art.5 Clearance Completion Declarations, 5 December 2012
- ICBL Comments on Mine Clearance Reports, 5 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on newly discovered mined areas, 6 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on Stockpile Destruction and Retention, 6 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on Universalization, 6 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on International Cooperation and Assistance, 7 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on Transparency, 7 December 2012
- ICBL Statement on Compliance, 7 December 2012
- Part I - Opening Ceremony and Gen Exchange of Views
- Part II - Universalization, Compliance, SD and Transparency
- Part III - Victim Assistance
- Part IV - Clearance and Intl Cooperation and Assistance
Press releases and media advisories
- Press release for the Global Release of Landmine Monitor 2012 - Landmine use by governments at low point, mine clearance funding at record level; assistance to landmine survivors still a challenge, 29 November 2012
- Press release (opening) for 12MSP in English - Finish the Job! Says Nobel Prize Winning campaign on 15th anniversary of Mine Ban Treaty, 3 December 2012
- Press release (opening) for 12MSP in French, 3 December 2012
- Press release (opening) for 12MSP in Spanish, 3 December 2012
- Press release (closing) for 12MSP in English - EU-Wide Mine Ban a Realisty, Five More Mine-Free Countries, Following Mine Ban Treaty Conference Press release (closing) for 12MSP in English, 7 December 2012
- Press release (closing) for 12MSP in French, 7 December 2012
- Press release (closing) for 12MSP in Spanish, 7 December 2012
- Media coverage: Combined media monitoring from Landmine Monitor Report 2012 launch and the 12MSP
CONTACT: Jared Bloch at firstname.lastname@example.org for all media and communications inquiries
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