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.

ICBL statements

Plenary summaries

Press releases and media advisories

CONTACT: Jared Bloch at jared@icblcmc.org for all media and communications inquiries
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