Archive photo provided by the Republic of Algeria
After decades of work, Algeria has become the second North African nation to free its territory from antipersonnel mines by clearing over 12,000 hectares of land and destroying more than one million landmines.
Algeria thus becomes the 30th State Party to fulfill its mine clearance obligation under the Convention.
Congratulations Algeria! - Read more about it here.
The Convention's President, H.E. Thomas Hanojczi, Ambassador of Austria to the UN in Geneva, led the first panel of the 20th Meeting of National Mine Action Directors and United Nations Advisers on challenges and progress in international humanitarian law.
The panel included Iraq's General Director for Mine Action, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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