Bridges between Worlds – Update

Posted on September 22, 2014

Bridges Between Worlds

Update 22 September 2014

Bridges between Worlds was a global conference that addressed fundamental questions about the place of landmine victim assistance in other domains, such as the worlds of disability, heath care, education, employment, development, poverty reduction and human rights.

The Bridges between Worlds Chairperson’s Summary highlights that those who care deeply about the fulfilment of the Convention’s promise to landmine victims and survivors have much in common with those concerned with the wellbeing and the rights of women, girls, boys and men injured and living with disabilities regardless of the cause.

 On 15 September 2014, Paramdeep Mtharu of the Convention’s Implementation Support Unit addressed the 12th Session of the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, with a statement including updates on the Bridges Between World events.

Global Conference on Assisting Landmine and Other Explosive Remnants of War Victims and Survivors in the Context of Disability Rights and Other Domains. Published 11 April 2014.

Bridges between Worlds is a global victim assistance conference that will be held in Medellin, Colombia on 3-4 April 2014. It aims to advance the international community’s understanding regarding the place of assistance victims of mines and other explosive remnants of war in broader contexts. Bridges between Worlds is being hosted by Colombia with the assistance of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention’s ISU and with financial support provided by both Colombia and the European Union through its Council Decision in support of the 2010-2014 Cartagena Action Plan.

Assisting landmine victims is a specific promise made through the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention [and also an obligation for all states that are party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions], but victim assistance is not as world unto itself.  Rather, it is part of – or should be part of – other worlds.

Bridges between Worlds is being held further to the understanding of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention that victim assistance should be integrated into broader national policies, plans and legal frameworks related to human rights, disability, health, education, employment, development and poverty reduction. It has also been noted that other contexts that could be considered include social security and transitional justice.

Read more about the Bridges between Worlds conference and also find the links to download the Draft Programme,  the Invitation and the Registration Form