20th Anniversary

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention turns 20!
2017 also marks 20 years since a series of significant events known as the Ottawa Process, led to the adoption and signing of the Convention.

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On 18 December, at the opening of the 16MSP, a special ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention will feature Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize co-Laureates Jody Williams and Tun Channareth, and ICRC President Peter Maurer, among others. 

Special Envoys of the Convention, Prince Mired of Jordan and Princess Astrid of Belgium will also feature in the work of the 16MSP including by participating in the opening ceremony, on a special panel on victim assistance and the launch of the European Union Council Decision in support of implementation of key aspects of the Maputo Action Plan. Find all documents and information of the 16MSP here.

On 1 December a panel discussion on the Convention at 20 years took place at the Permanent Mission of Canada, in Geneva. The panellists further recognized that today we have the tools and knowledge to effectively address the challenges that remain in achieving a world free of the suffering caused by anti-personnel mines.

For more information on this and other events commemorating the 20 years of the Convention in Geneva, please click here.



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