04 November 2009

Landmine Monitor Report 2009 will be released globally at a press conference hosted by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the eleventh annual report published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), and reports on ban policy, demining, casualties, risk education, victim assistance, and support for mine action in every country in the world. It also includes a special ten-year review of progress since the entry into force of the Mine Ban Treaty in 1999.

The press conference will take place on: Thursday 12 November, at 11:30 (10:30 GMT) Press Room III, Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

Members of the Landmine Monitor Editorial Team, some of the world's leading experts on landmines, will be on hand to answer media questions and conduct interviews in English and French. A media kit in Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish will be available in hard copy at the press conference, and all media kit contents will be posted to our website.

Media not able to participate in the Geneva press conference can participate in an online media briefing including a moderated question and answer period: Thursday 12 November, 14:30-15:30 (13:30-14:30 GMT). Go to www.dimdim.com, "Join Meeting," and enter the meeting room (Landminemonitor09) and your name and organization.

Landmine Monitor Report 2009 and related documents are available at 01:00 GMT at: www.the-monitor.org/en-gb/reports/2009/landmine-monitor-2009.aspx

If you plan to cover this event and would like more information or to schedule an interview please contact: Jacqueline Hansen, Program Manager, Landmine Monitor, E-mail: jackie@icbl.org, Tel. +1-613-851-5436 (9 November onwards): Tel. +41-(0)78-606-94-68 - Amelie Chayer, Communications Officer, ICBL, E-mail: media@icbl.org, Tel. +33-6-89-55-12-81 (10 November onwards): Tel. +41-(0)78-728-53-20