22 May 2009

In order to ensure the systematic and effective implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, four informal, open-ended Standing Committees meet once a year in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings are open to governments (States Parties and states not party), relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations. The ICBL actively participates in those meetings, delivers expert statements, makes the voice of mine survivors heard, organizes side events and feeds information to the media.

The Intersessional Standing Committees Meetings will take place from 25 to 29 May 2009 at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Avenue de la Paix 7bis (WMO Building), Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of the ISC meetings, 25-29 May 2009: The ISC meetings were followed by the First Preparatory Meeting for the Cartagena Summit, on 29 May 2009. More information is available on the Cartagena Summit page.

ICBL Statements: Universalization, 25 May 2009 - Mines Retained for Training and Research (Article 3), 25 May 2009 - Overview of Stockpile Destruction, 25 May 2009 - Addressing Concerns about Compliance with Article 4, 25 May 2009 - Transparency Reports (Article 7), 25 May 2009 - National Implementation Measures (Article 9), 25 May 2009 - Victim Assistance, 26 May 2009 - Presentation on States Parties that were granted mine clearance deadline extensions at the 9th Meeting of the States Parties, 27 May 2009 - International Cooperation and Assistance (Article 6), 28 May 2009 - Progress Report on Victim Assistance. Voices from the Ground (Update), 28 May 2009 - Linking Mine Action and Development, 29 May 2009 - General Obligations (Article 1), 29 May 2009 - Definitions (Article 2), 29 May 2009 - Facilitating Compliance, 29 May 2009 - Victim Assistance section of the Cartagena Action Plan, 29 May 2009.

Logistics: Campaigners and researchers will find in the memo 1 some important information about registration, accomodation, venue, etc.