Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Meetings May 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012

21-25 May 2012, Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committee Meetings, in Geneva

The Programme For the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional Standing Committee meetings, including the structure of the  Standing Committee on Victim Assistance and Socio-economic Reintegration meeting, is now available at the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention website.

The victim assistance sessions will include updates by states and small group discussions with specific states about applying the victim assistance aspects of the Cartagena Action Plan.

At the Cartagena Summit, the States Parties recognised “that the real promise of the Convention is to make a difference on the ground, in the lives of survivors, the families of those killed or injured, and their communities.” While the States Parties have developed a rich set of understandings regarding what “victim assistance” means to them, as recorded at the Cartagena Summit, “a persistent challenge remains in translating increased understanding on victim assistance into tangible improvements in the quality of daily life of mine victims.”

Given the “real promise of the Convention” and the “persistent challenge” recorded in Cartagena, the Co-Chairs invite all interested delegations to engage in a discussion on how the Convention community can fulfil its promise to survivors and victims.

In preparing for this discussion, participants have been invited to consider their experiences and challenges faced in relation to the following issues:

States Parties:

1. What tools do you use to measure, monitor and report on the impact of your victim assistance programmes?
2. How did you establish baselines, methods for measurement and targets against which to measure results?
3. How do you use the results of your evaluations?
4. How do you ensure that your efforts actually make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors?

Survivors or their representative organizations:

1. Are you included in efforts to monitor and report on the impact of victim assistance programmes?
2. How can States and non-governmental and international organizations improve their victim assistance efforts to better ensure they translate into a real difference on the ground?
3. Are the efforts of States and non-governmental and international organizations actually making a difference in the lives of victims and survivors?

For the victim assistance session program,  click here.

For more information on victim assistance presented in 2011, click here. For information in a Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Fact sheet about Victim Assistance and the Cartagena Action Plan, click here.

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