19 November 2011

As part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world's largest workplace charity campaign, U.S. Federal employees can donate now to support the ICBL’s global campaign and reduce the devastating effect landmines have on thousands of communities worldwide.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the creation of this Nobel Peace Prizewinning campaign, which remains active, dynamic and effective even after two decades of lifesaving work. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the ICBL’s worldwide network of experts and campaigners, a huge amount has been achieved to rid the world of antipersonnel mines since the movement began in 1992. But more needs to be done to bring a full stop to the devastation mines still cause.

Indeed, there are still more than 4,000 new victims of mines recorded globally every year, which is on average 12 people killed or injured every day, as well as 72 states or areas still contaminated by the deadly weapon. Although the ICBL’s work is not over yet, the race to reach a mine free world is getting shorter every day. We are now running the last miles, and your help is absolutely indispensable to help us cross the finish line.

The ICBL’s energetic and motivated campaigners all over the world are working every day to educate society about this problem - setting up media awareness, meetings with government and military officials and by working with groups supporting survivors and their needs.

Your money will help the ICBL to:

  • Encourage governments to finance and implement vital victim assistance and demining programmes;
  • Encourage and support survivors of landmines and other explosive remnants of war to participate in national campaigning and international diplomatic processes;
  • Train and provide technical and financial support to campaigners in mine- and cluster munitions-affected countries, to ensure the voice of local civil society is heard directly by decision-makers;
  • Feed information to governments, practitioners in the field, decision-makers and the media to keep the spotlight on the mines and cluster munitions problem;
  • Monitor the international response to the global landmine and explosive remnants of war problem through Landmine Monitor. This provides solid evidence to back our campaigning activities.

To support the ICBL, enter code 55130. Additional information on the Combined Federal Campaign: www.opm.gov/cfc If you wish to donate to the ICBL but are not a U.S. Federal employee, visit our Donate Now page.

You can donate online through a secured PayPal page or by regular mail. Residents of United States and France will be provided with a tax receipt.

About the ICBL. Charged with monitoring states’ progress against the Mine Ban Treaty – the global ban on the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel landmines, the ICBL supports hundreds of national organizations in almost 100 countries, all working to ensure countries fully implement their treaty obligations. Under the Treaty states must clear all their mined land and destroy their stockpiles of the weapon as well as address the needs of victims and fully respect their rights. They must report to the international community each year on their activities to achieve these aims. The huge gains already made to rid the world of this weapon show that civil society really has the power to change things.

You can be part of that change by donating to the ICBL under the CFC campaign.