Vienna, Geneva - The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties (16MSP) has concluded in Vienna, Austria, recording success in stockpile destruction with Belarus announcing it had destroyed over three million stockpiled landmines bringing to 159 the number of States that no longer have destruction obligations under the Convention. With Belarus' stockpile destruction, the States Parties have now destroyed more than 51 million landmines.
The global burden of Improvised Explosive Devices
Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan
There is no day that goes past without the impact of an improvised explosive device (IED) making headlines around the world. Of all explosive weapons used, the IED is the most widespread, the most harmful and the most pernicious. Based on the belief that to overcome a problem, we must first understand it, this monitor is a small step in seeking to address the terrible realities of today.
It is a monitor that is, also, a response to a call to action.
Geneva and Algiers — After decades of demining work and successfully clearing its territory of all known anti-personnel mines, Algeria has gone a step further eliminating nearly 6,000 landmines it had retained for training purposes becoming a country completely free of these weapons. The destruction of the remaining mines took place 18 September as the treaty commemorated 20 years since its adoption.
1. Le présent rapport, qui couvre la période allant d’août 2015 à juillet 2017, est soumis en application de la résolution 70/80 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter un rapport sur l’application de cette résolution, y compris sur les politiques adoptées et les activités menées par le système des Nations Unies dans ce domaine.
1. The present report, covering the period from August 2015 to July 2017, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/80, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of that resolution, including on relevant United Nations policies and activities.
Ginebra, Viena el 9 de junio de 2017 – Los Comités de la Convención sobre la Prohibición de Minas Antipersonal – el tratado de los 162 Estados que han prometido no volver a usar, almacenar, producir y transferir estas armas – han concluido dos días de reuniones en Ginebra, evaluando los avances y desafíos encontrados desde que la Convención se reunió por última vez en Chile en 2016, y trazando el camino para su próxima reunión en Viena a finales de 2017.
Genève, Vienne, le 9 juin 2017 – Les Comités de la Convention sur l’interdiction de mines antipersonnel - le traité des 162 États qui se sont engagés à ne jamais utiliser, stocker, produire et transférer ces armes - ont conclu deux jours de réunions à Genève, où ils ont évalué les progrès et défis depuis leur dernière réunion au Chili en 2016, et ont posé les bases de leur prochaine réunion à Vienne à la fin de 2017.
Geneva, Vienna 9 June 2017 – The Committees of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – the treaty of the 162 States that have committed to never, under any circumstances use, stockpile, produce, and transfer landmines again – have concluded two days of meetings in Geneva, where they took stock of progress and challenges since the Convention last met in Chile in 2016, and paved the way to their next meeting in Vienna at the end of 2017.
L’Algérie classée en tête des programmes de déminage humanitaire
Le 1er Décembre 2016, en conformité avec l’article 5 de la convention d’Ottawa sur les mines antipersonnel, l’Algérie a déclaré avoir formellement exécuté son Plan national de travail pour la période de prolongation 2012/2017, adopté par la 11éme Assemblée des Etats parties 28/11, et rempli toutes les obligations relatives.
This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.
On February 10th the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria officially announced that the country was mine-free! Algeria is the largest country in Africa and its history is marked with more periods of violence than peace. The combination of World War II, the Algerian War of Independence and religious fighting in the 90s led to Algeria's landmine problem.
After decades of work, Algeria one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, is now free from this scourge
Geneva and Algiers, 10 February 2017 — The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria has just formally announced in Geneva, that after decades of work, it has fulfilled its mine clearance obligation under the Ottawa Convention clearing 93 mined or suspected mined areas, including 78 former mine barrages, and destroying more than one million antipersonnel mines.
Après des décennies de travail, l'Algérie, l'un des pays les plus touchés par les mines antipersonnel, est désormais libre de ce fléau
Geneva, 20 May 2016 – The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's permanent committees have concluded two days of work where matters related to treaty compliance and universal adoption of its norms, landmine clearance and survivors’ assistance were discussed and remaining challenges were identified.
Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
Floods caused by ten straight days of heavy rain are likely worsening the threat posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the area of Western Sahara. Since the flood waters have not yet receded, it is impossible yet to quantify the damages or to assess the actual extent of the risk posed to civilians and their livelihoods by the mines and ERW that have likely been displaced outside of already known marked areas.