Parallel Programme – Victim Assistance

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An aim of the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Victim Assistance and Socio-Economic Reintegration of the Mine Ban Treaty was to make the best possible use of the time dedicated by health, rehabilitation and social services professionals to the work of the Treaty. An ambitious parallel programme to meetings of the Mine Ban Treaty was developed. The parallel programmes are intended to stimulate discussion and increase the knowledge of the expert participants on key components of victim assistance.

Documents from parallel programmes can be found on the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention website , or directly though the links below:

Monitoring and Evaluation – December 2012

This programme  was dedicated to training on monitoring and evaluation of  national action plans. The two-day training session, sponsored by Switzerland and organized by the ISU, was led by Mr Huib Cornielje of Enablement.

Documents from the programme

Coordination and Monitoring in the Implementation of National Plans – May 2012

Presentations and exchange of experiences on coordination and monitoring of national plans: the purpose of this discussion was to highlight challenges that have been encountered in the implementation and monitoring of national plans and to identify ways to overcome these challenges.

Documents from the programme

Learning from Cambodia’s Victim Assistance Experiences – December 2011

A programme for health care, rehabilitation and disability rights experts ran parallel to the Eleventh Meeting oF States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in 28 November-1 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This enabled experts from States Parties that are responsible for significant numbers of landmine survivors to learn from Cambodia’s experience on matters such as accessibility, including access to services.

Documents from the programme

Focus on Accessibility – June 2011

Accessibility is about enabling landmine and other ERW survivors to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life by ensuring equal access to the physical environment, services, communications and information, and identifying and eliminating obstacles and barriers to accessibility.

In the Cartagena Action Plan, the States Parties committed to “increase availability of and accessibility to appropriate services for female and male mine victims, by removing physical, social, cultural, economic, political and other barriers, including by expanding quality services in rural and remote areas and paying particular attention to vulnerable groups”

Documents from the programme

Focus on Community-Based Rehabilitation – December 2010

From 29-30 November during the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention held in Geneva, Switzerland, a parallel programme on victim’s assistance was dedicated to community-based rehabilitation (CBR).  Different sessions over one and a half days helped to familiarize participants with the various components of the Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines and how they can use them to start or strengthen CBR programmes for victims of landmines.

Documents from the programme

Focus on Data Planning, Legislation, Physical Rehabilitation, Psycho-Social Economic – April 2007

Documents from the programme

Regional Parallel Programmes for Victim Assistance Experts

Five regional workshops were held in advance of the Cartagena Summit to help build momentum and enhance regional preparations. Below are links to documents from the Programmes for Victim Assistance Experts held during these workshops.

The Americas, Managua – February 2009

South East Asia, Bangkok – April 2009

Central Asia, Dushanbe – July 2009

South Eastern Europe, Tirana – October 2009

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