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The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention turns 10 in 2007. This year will also mark the tenth anniversary of significant events that took place as part of the Ottawa Process.

A lot has been accomplished in ten years – just ask Song Kosal of Cambodia. In 1997 Song Kosal, then 14 years old, was marking another tenth anniversary. When Kosal was 4, she lost her right leg to a landmine. While a landmine changed Kosal’s life forever, Kosal has also worked hard for over a decade to change the world– for the better. The voices of landmine survivors like Song Kosal helped ensure that the text of AP Mine Ban Convention adopted in 1997 obliges States to assist in the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of landmine survivors. And in 1997 Kosal launched the Kids Against War campaign, which invites children around the world to build a mine-free world for the next generation.

Kosal, now 24 and in her first year of university in Phnom Penh, knows that 2007 is a year to commemorate progress but also a year to renew commitments to fulfil the Convention’s promise of an end to the suffering and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines, for all people for all time. Kosal continues to participate in the work to implement the Convention, both within her own country and internationally as a Youth Ambassador of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Landmine survivor Song Kosal of Cambodia, pictured here in 1997 (photo courtesy of ICBL) with Jody Williams when Kosal, on behalf of the ICBL, and Jody Williams received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Since the Convention was adopted in 1997, Kosal, pictured here in February 2007 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has continued to be a tireless advocate for a world free of anti-personnel mines.