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VA: Summary and Statements

Monday 8 May - Tuesday 9 May

1.     Opening of the meeting

The meeting was opened by its Co-Chairs, Ambassador Assad Omer of Afghanistan and Ambassador Jürg Streuli of Switerzerland, with the support of their colleagues Khalil Nasri of Afghanistan and Flavio del Ponte of Switzerland, and their Co-Rapporteurs from Austria and Sudan.

  • Opening statement by Ambassador Assad Omer of Afghanistan
  • Opening statement by Ambassador Jürg Streuli of Switzerland PDF 15KB

The Co-Chairs also delivered a statement on the status of victim assistance in the context of Convention and the Nairobi Action Plan:

  • Statement by the Co-Chairs on the status of victim assistance PDF 28KB 

2.    Updates from States Parties on the status of implementation

Of the 24 States Parties that have reported the responsibility for significant numbers of landmine survivors, the following provided updates:

As well, the following other States Parties provided updates on efforts to advance the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of landmine survivors:

3.     Discussion

The following provided comments in response to the presentations made by the States Parties:

4.     Cooperation and assistance

The following States Parties and organizations provided updates and views on assistance for the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of landmine survivors:

5.     Inter-ministerial coordination

The victim assistance specialist of the Implementation Support Unit of the GICHD made a presentation on the main steps in the inter-ministerial process of establishing objectives and developing national plans.

  • Presentation by Ms. Sheree Bailey, Victim Assistance Specialist of the Implementation Support Unit of the GICHD Text PDF 25KB |Slides PDF 168KB

6.     Promotion of quality of and access to medical first aid for mine victims

The Co-Chairs read out a declaration on quality of and access to medical first aid for mine victims and highlighted this matter through expert presentations:

7.     Pre-hospital care

8.     Social and economic reintegration of landmine survivors

9.     Closing remarks by the Co-Chairs