The Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties
The Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties (16MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty will take place from 18 to 21 December 2017 at the UN Office at Vienna, Austria.
2017 marks 20 years since the Mine Ban Treaty was adopted, when the international community agreed to end the scourge of landmines once and for all. Following the adoption, on 3 December 1997 the treaty was signed by 122 States; it entered into force on 1 March 1999. To date, 162 nations have formally joined the treaty. The 16MSP provides a good opportunity for the international community to take stock of what have been achieved so far and to reaffirm commitments for a mine-free world by 2025.
His Excellency Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva is the President of the 16MSP. Ambassador Hajnoczi will focus on Universalization, Victim Assistance and Mine Clearance of the Mine Ban Treaty. Click here to read Ambassador Hajnoczi's priorities for the 16MSP.
Note verbale by the UN Secretary-General
16MSP provisional agenda in Arabic, Chines, English, French, Russian and Spanish
16MSP provisional programme of work Arabic, Chines, English, French, Russian and Spanish
- Requests for extensions on mine clearance deadlines by Angola, Ecuador, Iraq, Thailand and Zimbabwe. Ukraine is in violation of Article 5 after missing its 1 June 2016 deadline for clearance without being granted an extension; it has been urged to request for extension but it has not done so (as of 6th November 2017).
- For other formal documents including information for participants, preparatory meetings and registration click here
Memo for Government Delegates
- The Memo provides guidance on key issues related to the 16MSP and practical information for government delegates to prepare and actively participate in the meeting. Click here to download the Memo.
- Download the 'Finish the Job 2025' logo
- Mine Ban Traty's 20th anniversary video
- ICBL's 25th anniversary video
- Mine Ban Treaty status
- The Landmine Monitor website
- Maputo Action Plan (MAP) and Maputo +15 Declaration
- How states can take action to finish the job
- All ICBL campaign materials can be found in the resources section of the ICBL website.
- Landmine Monitor 2017 report will be launched on 14 December 2017. Journalists can get in touch, by email@example.com or telephone +41 22 920 0320 (Geneva).
Media and communications
- For media enquiries please contact:Firoz Alizada, ICBL Campaigns and Communications Manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, T: +41 22 920 03 20, M: +41 78 65 77 331
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Click here to read what campaigners, partners and friends of the Mine Ban Treaty say on landmine ban process, and their conviction for a mine-free world.
2017 is a significant year for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and for the Mine Ban Treaty community.
October 2017 marks 25 years since the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was founded. After preparatory work began in 1991, the campaign was established by Human Rights Watch, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Mines
18 September 2017 marks 20 years since the Mine Ban Treaty was adopted, when the international community agreed to end the scourge of landmines once and for all. Following the adoption, on 3 December 1997 the treaty was signed by 122 States; it entered into force on 1 March 1999. To date, 162 nations have formally joined the treaty.
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In run-up to the Vienna meeting:
The Second International Pledging Conference
His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva and President of the 16th Meeting of States Parties convened the Second International Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty on 28 February at the UN office in Geneva.
ICBL staff members, Ms. Amelie Chayer and Mr. Firoz Alizada spoke on current implementation challenges and status of funding for mine action.
ICBL and its members Handicap International (HI) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) urged all States Parties to provide sufficient funding to meet treaty commitments and obligations by the year 2025.
© ICBL, 28 February 2017
Report of the Conference can be found on the Mine Ban Treaty's website.
ICBL campaigners meeting Austrian Ambassador, the President of the 16th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, 1 December 2016, Santiago, Chile ©ICBL