On 3 December 1997 the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction opened for signature in Ottawa, Canada. This year the Convention also celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its entry into force on 1 March 1999.

Last week the States Parties, together with civil society, celebrated the Convention’s Fourth Review Conference in Oslo, Norway, using the opportunity to renew their political commitment to implementation of the provisions of the Convention and adopting the Oslo Action Plan and a Political Declaration to guide their efforts.

On 3 December we also celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities to recall the efforts of the States Parties in ensuring the rights of survivors of anti-personnel mines and our common efforts to remove the barriers that prevent their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. 



On the last day of the Oslo Review Conference, 29 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway handed over the Presidency of the Convention to Sudan who will be the first to lead efforts to implement the newly-adopted Oslo Action Plan. Photo, Norway MFA (Click to enlarge)

Over 700 delegates including a healthy civil society contingent and high level delegates adopted the Oslo Political Declaration and Oslo Action Plan to guide efforts for a mine-free world for the next five years.

Business is underway at the #OsloRevCon with nearly 40 victim assistance experts at a meeting opened by Norway's Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Disability & Accessibility, and Prince Mired of Jordan.