ICBL News December 2010
The Tenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty (10MSP) brings us together one year after the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World -- a remarkable event that allowed us to celebrate the power of a treaty that has inspired so much dedicated effort year after year. The past year also saw record-breaking progress in implementing the Mine Ban Treaty: casualty rates are the lowest on record, while more contaminated land was cleared than ever before.
But we still face many challenges on the road to a mine-free world. The Cartagena Summit clearly demonstrated the significant amount of work that remains to be done. For example, up to 43 States Parties must still clear their land of landmines, four States Parties failed to meet their stockpile destruction deadlines and still have millions of mines to destroy, and hundreds of thousands of landmine survivors worldwide are still in need of sufficient support.