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Two survivor leaders speak out at the workshop on victim assistance at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week, from 4–6 March.
(05/03/2014, last updated: 05/03/2014) Read more »
March 1, 2014 marks exactly 15 years since the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force and began making a difference in mine-affected communities globally – saving lives by ensuring the removal and destruction of landmines, as well as providing assistance to mine victims. Since then, the Mine Ban Treaty has been recognized as a model for humanitarian disarmament, citizen diplomacy, and multilateralism at work.
In the lead up to the Mine Ban Treaty’s Third Review Conference in June, ICBL is shining the spotlight on some key countries impacted by the scourge of antipersonnel landmines. 2014 marks 10 yrs since Turkey became a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty. Read about progress to-date on its treaty obligations, and ICBL’s calls for Turkey to Commit to Complete.
On Wednesday, 19 February, the US Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL) and the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit, are holding an expert panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, on the United States and the Mine Ban Treaty. A decision is believed to be imminent on the US landmine policy review, which began in 2009.
Speakers at the event will include ICBL Ambassador and Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Special Envoy for the Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Bin Raad Al-Hussein of Jordan, as well as other Mine Ban experts. Senator Patrick Leahy will provide a written statement for the event.
A decision is believed to be imminent on the United States landmine policy review, which began in 2009. The ICBL US Campaign to Ban Landmines has repeatedly urged that the outcome of the policy review be a decision to join the Mine Ban Treaty as soon as possible, to prohibit the use of antipersonnel mines immediately, and to begin destruction of all stocks of antipersonnel mines.
ICBL Member, ‘Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs (PSALM)/ West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs (WVCBL)’ is currently displaying its latest art and photo exhibit “Making a World of Difference.” The inspirational exhibit featuring work by some 50 middle school students will run through 1 February at the Monongalia Arts Center gallery in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
The exhibit acknowledges and honors individuals and organizations around the globe that have made a substantial difference in people's lives through their efforts to rid the world of landmines and cluster munitions. On display are photos of campaigners (including many familiar faces from the ICBL-CMC), with maps pointing out where the campaigns are located; an homage to Nelson Mandela; and information about the Third Review Conference to the Mine Ban Treaty, taking place June 23-27 in Mozambique.
2014 is set to be a crucial year for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Mine Ban Treaty with the Third Review Conference taking place June 23-27. In advance of the conference, ICBL has issued a Completion Challenge to the mine ban community, to finish the work under the Treaty as quickly as possible, and not later than 10 years after the Review Conference.
ICBL will be working closely with our global network of campaigners and in close cooperation with our key partners – States, ICRC and the UN – to help translate the Completion Challenge into tangible successes on the ground.
You can see here, photos of mine ban community members preparing for the challenge during the Thirteenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty (13MSP) and preparatory meeting of the Third Review Conference which took place December 2013 in Geneva.
To find out more about the Completion Challenge and ICBL’s plans for achieving a mine-free world, see the 2014 Campaign Action Plan.
(Geneva, 5 December): Record achievements in landmine clearance and a steep decline in documented casualties last year highlighted the Thirteenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty which ended today. However ongoing use allegations, and the first ever confirmed use by a State Party – Yemen – pose serious challenges that must be addressed immediately.
(04/12/2013, last updated: 07/12/2013) Read more »
ICBL Campaign Manager Firoz Alizada and ICBL-CMC Operations Manager Elsa Berseth joined mine ban advocates from all over Mozambique recently in a planning workshop for the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, taking place 23 to 27 June 2014 in Maputo.
(Geneva, 28 November 2013): Records were set in 2012 for the lowest number of new reported casualties, largest amount of landmine-contaminated land cleared, and highest level of global funding for mine action, according to Landmine Monitor 2013, the latest annual report of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, released today in Geneva.
(Paris-27 November): Sylvie Brigot-Vilain, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), was presented with the French Legion of Honor award yesterday. The order, established in 1802, is the highest decoration in France and was created specifically to recognize contributions by civilians, as well as military.
(22/11/2013, last updated: 22/11/2013) Read more »