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Invitation Letter

23 April 2010

To:    The Permanent Missions to the United   Nations of the States Parties to the   ConventionThe Permanent Missions to the United   Nations of the States not parties to the   Convention  Interested non-governmental and international  organizations


Dear friends,

On behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committees established by the Convention’s States Parties, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Convention’s 2010 Intersessional Work Programme as follows:

Meetings of the Standing Committees
21-25 June 2010
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Avenue de la Paix 7bis (WMO Building), Geneva

These meetings will provide the first opportunity following the Second Review Conference to discuss the application of the Cartagena Action Plan 2010-2014. As such, they are intended to build upon the momentum of Cartagena where the States Parties agreed to undertake 67 concrete actions “in support of enhanced implementation and promotion of the Convention” and pledged “to translate this action plan into sustainable progress.”

The Co-Chairs have again emphasised the importance of participation by States Parties that are in the process of clearing mined areas, destroying stockpiled mines, assisting survivors or implementing other aspects of the Convention. As in the past, these States Parties are encouraged to provide brief updates on the basis of questions posed by Co-Chairs.

In addition to providing a forum for the voices of States Parties that are implementing the Convention to be heard, the Presidency and the Co-Chairs have set aside a three hour session – on Friday 25 June – for a focused discussion on international cooperation and assistance. This is intended to respond to the strong interest expressed by States Parties at the Cartagena Summit in placing an increased focus on this matter.

Please note that in keeping with past practice the programme does not incorporate a general exchange of views. As in the past, it is essential in June that we get down to work on Monday morning, focusing on key aspects of implementation.

We would ask that you register for the June meetings on-line at www.apminebanconvention.org by 14 June 2010. Should you have any questions about the agendas or if you wish to indicate in advance your intention to intervene on particular items, please contact the Implementation Support Unit (isu(at)gichd.org) or relevant Co-Chairs.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

Yours sincerely,

 

Susan Eckey
Ambassador and President of the Second Review Conference
Stephan Husy
Ambassador and Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining