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20 Nov 2015 description

Child Casualties

In 2014, there were 1,038 child casualties in 33 states and one other area from landmines, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs), cluster munition remnants, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW)—henceforth mines/ERW. Of this total, 319 children were killed and 716 were injured.

19 Nov 2014 description

Marking Universal Children's Day, 20 November, the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Victim Assistance Team releases a fact sheet on ‘The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children’.

The factsheet, The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children, produced annually since 2009, provides an update on casualty data and assistance to child survivors in 2013.

Child casualties

01 Mar 2012 description

Landmine survivors worldwide join Ban Ki-moon, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prizewinning movement to launch inspirational anti-landmine campaign

(Geneva, 1 March 2012): On the 13th anniversary of the global landmine ban becoming law, the world is coming together again to urge governments to put a full stop, within our lifetime, to the devastating harm mines still cause.

Click here to see the awesome Lend Your Leg 2012 video in 10 different languages on YouTube and please share!

02 Dec 2011 description

(Phnom Penh, Friday 2 December 2011): A global conference on the worldwide landmine ban has concluded, with states announcing both promising progress and worrying setbacks in their efforts to eradicate landmines.

“In 1997 we won a treaty. But only when all people in mine affected areas can live in dignity, when no more mines threaten their lives, when no one produces or lays new mines, have we truly won,” said Song Kosal, Cambodian landmine survivor and Youth Ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).

02 Dec 2010 description

Ready for the Next Leg of the Journey?

31 Mar 2010 description

Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia have signed and ratified the CCM. African states made up 20% of the first 30 ratifications to trigger the entry into force of the CCM.

Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have yet to sign the CCM.

Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, and Swaziland adopted the CCM at the end of negotiations in Dublin, but have not yet signed.

01 Mar 2010 description

Reaching our Goals at the Cartagena Summit

The ICBL's main objective for the Cartagena Summit was for States Parties to rededicate themselves to the full universalization and implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty.

14 Sep 2009 description

Come, Share, Commit and Care

When we started the campaign, it was common to hear that mine clearance would take centuries, that victim assistance was too broad an issue to be tackled effectively, that stockpile destruction would cost too much. A decade of Mine Ban Treaty implementation proved this was wrong. A mine-free world in our life time is a Mission Possible. But we are still far from it.

09 Sep 2009 description

Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria

Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.

09 Sep 2009 description

Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria

Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.

01 Apr 2008 description

(Livingstone, Zambia, 1 April 2008) At the conclusion of the first ever meeting of African countries on cluster bombs, 38 out of 39 countries attending the meeting endorsed a strong political "Livingstone Declaration", committing them to negotiating a global ban on the weapons in Dublin next month.

07 Dec 2007 description

Vienna, Austria, 7 December 2007 - The third major international conference on cluster munitions ended successfully today as consensus emerged on a number of important issues to be included in the new ban treaty to be signed in 2008, including victim assistance, clearance, stockpile destruction and international cooperation and assistance. Important work remains to ensure that exceptions do not weaken a comprehensive ban.

04 Oct 2007 description

Belgrade, 4 October 2007 - Cluster bomb survivors gathered in Serbia this week to ensure their rights were at the heart of international efforts to ban the weapon by 2008.

Twenty-two of the 26 affected states participated in the Belgrade Conference of States Affected by Cluster Munitions, the latest development in the Oslo Process for a new treaty banning these weapons, which has gathered the support of 82 countries in just seven months.

25 Sep 2002 description


The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is complemented by a calendar of upcoming events. To date, 145 countries have signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and 128 have ratified it. The most recent accessions are Comoros (19 September), Afghanistan (11 September), Democratic Republic of Congo (2 May) while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September), Angola (5 July) and Suriname (23 May).

13 Sep 2002 description

World Embraces Ban Five Years After Treaty

30 Sep 2001 description


Covering April - August 2001
The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines' quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events and list of available new resources. To date, 141 countries have signed the Mine Ban Treaty, and 120 have ratified it. The most recent accessions are Eritrea (27 August) and Congo Brazzaville (4 May) while recent ratifications include Chile (10 September), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 August), Uruguay (7 June), Guinea Bissau (22 May), Cape Verde (14 May), Malta (7 May) and Sierra Leone (25 April).

14 Feb 2001 description

(Bamako, Mali: 14 February 2001) The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) today called on all countries of Africa to join, implement and comply with the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines (the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty) at the opening of a two-day regional governmental meeting on landmines in Bamako, Mali.

16 Feb 2000 description

On the eve of the National Summit on Africa in Washington DC, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) called on all African governments to accede to or ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and to implement it fully by assisting victims of landmines, removing mines already laid, destroying stockpiled mines, and never again using, producing or exporting this insidious weapon. Africa, the most heavily mined continent in the world, knows all too well the devastation wrought by this weapon long after conflicts cease.