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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The meeting started with a special opening ceremony remembering the 20 years since the signing of the Convention, led by 16MSP Chair Thomas Hajnoczi. ICRC President Peter Maurer, 1997 Nobel Peace Co-Laureate Jody Williams, ICBL Ambassador Tun Channareth, Special Envoy HRH Prince Mired of Jordan, GICHD President Barbara Haering, and UNODA Director are also seen here.

Over 500 delegates gathered in Vienna for the Convention's Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties.

The Meeting also saw the participation of Special Envoy Princess Astrid of Belgium who opened a special dialogue on the need to implement the Convention's victim assistance provisions.

EU Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation Jacek Bylica, Head of Political Section for Non-proliferation and Disarmament of the Delegation of the EU in Geneva Anne Kemppainen, the Convention's ISU Director Juan Carlos Ruan, and European External Action Service Policy Officer Frank Meeussen in a group photo after the EU Council Decision was launched in Vienna.

The European Union has announced additional support to help countries implement their obligations under the Convention under the 2014 Maputo Action Plan, including to promote the universal adherence to the treaty including through the Convention’s Special Envoys Prince Mired of Jordan and Princess Astrid of Belgium.

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