Mine Ban Treaty—13 MSP

Posted on November 29, 2013


The Thirteenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty (13MSP) will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 5 December 2013.

At these meetings, States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty will give progress updates and share plans on implementing the treaty obligations. Representatives of over 100 States and dozens of international and non-governmental organizations will make their last annual assessment of the implementation of the Cartagena Action Plan before to the Mine Ban Treaty Third Review Conference in mid-2014.

During the meeting states will report on their victim assistance efforts on Tuesday 3 December, 15:00 – 18:00 and will continue on Wednesday 4 December 10:00 – 13:00.Also, on Tuesday 3 December 10:00 – 13:00 there will be discussions on how to enhance international and assistance and to increase mobilization of resources, including for victim assistance.

The following side events relevant to victim assistance will be held during the meeting:

Monday 2 December

13:00   Landmine Monitor 2013 Briefing.   Leading civil society experts will share the major findings of Landmine Monitor 2013, a report including global and national developments in victim assistance in 2012. Room XXIV.

13:00 Event on assistance to child mine victims.  Hosted by UNICEF. Room XXVII.

Tuesday 3 December

18:00   Special event to commemorate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Hosted by the UN Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Room XXIV

18:00   The Ottawa Convention: principles of a treaty with action on the ground , Hosted by Handicap International and GMAP, VillaLa Pastorale‘, Route de Ferney 106, Geneva

Wednesday 4 December

13:00     Victim assistance and sustainability. Hosted by Australia and the ISU. For the past two years, Australia has supported the ISU in carrying out research initiatives, the outcomes of which should be of benefit to the States Parties in considering the sustainability of efforts to fulfil their promise to landmine survivors. This event will share research findings, including on matters such as good practice on the part of mine action programmes in building bridges between victim assistance and broader frameworks. Room XXV.

Thursday 5 December

13:00   Frameworks for Victim Assistance: Monitor Research Publication Launch. Hosted by the ICBL.   Room XXII. What are the various frameworks used for providing assistance to victims? How have these frameworks succeeded so far in meeting the obligations and commitments undertaken by States Parties? A new research publication by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor sheds light on these questions. Room XXIV.

Friday 6 December

13:00   Mozambique: Handicap International’s work to advance the provision of victim assistance. Hosted by Handicap International.  This event will present the outcome of a nine-month survivor needs assessment conducted by HI in Mozambique. Room XXV.

Banner image (c) ICBL-CMC: Tun Channereth, ICBL ambassador, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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