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image by Zoltan Horvath, 04 April 2014
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production
and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines (official name) also known as
Mine Ban Treaty, Ottawa Treaty or Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
is the cornerstone of the international effort to end the suffering
and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines.
The Convention was adopted on 18 September 1997 and it entered into force on 1 March 1999. To date, 161 States have formally agreed to be bound by the Convention (for the full list of countries see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Ottawa_Treaty and http://www.apminebanconvention.org/states-parties-to-the-convention/ )
The Convention provides a framework for mine action, seeking both to end existing suffering and to prevent future suffering. It bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines.
In addition, states that accede to the Convention accept that they will destroy both stockpiled and emplaced anti-personnel mines and assist the victims of mines.
The Convention banning anti-personnel mines indicates that the Convention's States Parties "shall meet regularly in order to consider any matter with regard to the application of implementation of (the) Convention." The Convention prescribed that Meetings of the States Parties would be held annually until the Convention's First Review Conference, which was held in 2004. At the First Review Conference, the States Parties agreed to hold annually, until the Second Review Conference (in 2009), a Meeting of the States Parties "which will regularly take place in the second half of the year, in Geneva or, when possible or appropriate, in a mine-affected country." These meetings are known as MSP Meetings of the States Parties) and it is sort of like the Assembly of its Members.
So far, there have been the following MSP's:
1 MSP (First Meeting of the States Parties)
3-7 May 1999 | Maputo, Mozambique.
2 MSP (Second Meeting of the States Parties)
11-15 September 2000 | Geneva, Switzerland.
3 MSP (Third Meeting of the States Parties)
18-21 September 2001 | Managua, Nicaragua.
4 MSP (Fourth Meeting of the States Parties)
16-20 September 2002 | Geneva, Switzerland.
5 MSP (Fifth Meeting of the States Parties)
15-19 September 2003 | Bangkok, Thailand.
6 MSP (Sixth Meeting of the States Parties)
28 November - 2 December 2005 | Zagreb, Croatia.
7 MSP (Seventh Meeting of the States Parties)
18-22 September 2006 | Geneva, Switzerland.
8 MSP (Eighth Meeting of the States Parties)
18-22 November 2007 | Dead Sea, Jordan.
9 MSP (Ninth Meeting of the States Parties)
24-28 November 2008 | Geneva, Switzerland.
10 MSP (Tenth Meeting of the States Parties)
29 November - 3 December 2010 | Geneva, Switzerland.
11 MSP (Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties)
28 November - 2 December 2011 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
12 MSP (Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties)
3-7 December 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland.
13 MSP (Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties)
2-5 December 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland.
14 MSP (Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties)
3-4 April 2014 | Medellín, Colombia
(official website: http://www.puentesentremundos.co/ and livestream: http://new.livestream.com/AXON360TV/puentesentremundos)
Sources: http://www.apminebanconvention.org/overview-and-convention-text/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty and http://www.apminebanconvention.org/meetings-of-the-states-parties/
For additional information go to: AP Mine Ban Convention (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 04 April 2014
The flag of the Convention is the
logo on a white horizontal background.
Images are screenshots of Hora13Noticias local news video reporting on the conference today.
Here are other versions: Flag and Desktop flag.
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47843173@N02/11442046506/ and http://www.gichd.org/mine-action-topics/international-conventions/anti-personnel-mine-ban-convention-apmbc/#.Uz2kx6h5M24
Esteban Rivera, 04 April 2014