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Second Pledging Conference for the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

 

At the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties the decision was adopted to hold, on an annual basis, a conference of States Parties to collect pledges and contributions with the aim of obtaining an overview of the funds that can be expected for the Convention’s Implementation Support Unit (ISU) in line with the ISU’s four year work plan 2016-2019. The decision also indicated that this conference should be chaired by the Presidency. 

On 28 February 2017, Austria in its capacity as President of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties, held the Second International Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Convention with the aim of renewing and strengthening commitment to the principles of the Convention and to commit resources for implementation including through pledges of financial support to the ISU 2017 work plan and budget and the Convention's Sponsorship Programme, as well as to mine action programmes and projects internationally. The 2017 Conference was chaired by H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria.

The Pledging Conference also emphasized the importance of ensuring the sustainability of the work carried out under this Convention, by ensuring that the costs for Meetings of the States Parties are paid in full.

A total of 47 delegations attended the Conference including 36 States Parties, 2 States not party, and 9 non-governmental organisations and international organisations.

 

Keynote addresses

 

  • H.E. Michael Linhart, Vice Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria PDF 118KB
  • Mr. Lou Maresca, Senior Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross PDF 185KB
  • Ms. Amelie Chayer, Government Liaison and Policy Manager at the International Campaign to Ban Landmines PDF 2MB
  • Mr. Firoz Alizada, Campaigns and Communications Manager at the International Campaign to Ban Landmines PDF 2.8MB

 

The Implementation Support Unit Work Plan and Budget 2017

 

  • Mr. Juan Carlos Ruan, Director of the Implementation Support Unit PDF 101KB
  • Ms. Sophie Delfolie, Implementation Support Specialist, Implementation Support Unit PDF 92KB

 

The Convention's Sponsorship Programme priorities for 2017

 

  • Mr. Hugh Watson, Coordinator of the Sponsorship Programme PDF 16KB

 

The UN support to the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties

 

  • Mr. Peter Kolarov, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs PDF 357KB

 

Pledges and statements