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Committee on Article 5 Implementation

 Canada
2019-2020 (Chair) 
 Austria      
2019-2020      
  Norway    
2020-2021     
 Zambia   
2020-2021

Purpose

The purpose of the Committee on Article 5 Implementation is to intensify efforts, particularly those outlined in the Oslo Action Plan, to ensure that Article 5 is fully implemented as soon as possible, while acknowledging local, national and regional circumstances in its practical implementation.

The Committee will fulfil its purpose by providing feedback to States Parties having submitted information on “the location of all mined areas that contain, or are suspected to contain, anti-personnel mines” and on mine clearance programmes as well as their results. Furthermore, the Committee will ensure, as agreed to by the States Parties that “a cooperative engagement of Article 5 implementing States Parties continues after requests have been granted.”

Mandate

The mandate of the Committee on Article 5 Implementation is to carry out the following:

  • Review relevant information on Article 5 implementation submitted by States Parties, including in the context of Article 7 obligations and on efforts undertaken under Article 6 on international cooperation and assistance, seek clarity when required and provide advice and support in a cooperative manner to States Parties on the fulfilment of their obligations to report on Article 5 implementation.
  • Review relevant information provided by the States Parties on implementation of the commitments contained in the Oslo Action Plan.
  • Prepare and submit to the States Parties in advance of Meetings of the States Parties or Review Conferences an analysis of each request for an Article 5 extended deadline, taking into account, as relevant, the decisions on the analysis process as agreed to by the Seventh and the Twelfth Meetings of the States Parties.
  • Engaging relevant States Parties, after any extension requests have been granted, on the implementation of their commitments as contained in requests and related decisions on their requests and. The Committee will present preliminary observations at intersessional meetings if need be, and conclusions and recommendations at Meetings of the States Parties or Review Conferences.
  • Consider matters related to gender and diverse needs and experiences of people in affected communities in every aspect of its work.
  • The Committee will present preliminary observations at intersessional meetings if need be, and final annual conclusions and recommendations at Meetings of the States Parties or Review Conferences.
  • Remain transparent and accountable, including by reporting on activities at both intersessional meetings and Meetings of the States Parties or Review Conferences.

Membership

 

The Committee on Article 5 Implementation will be composed of a representative group of four States Parties serving overlapping two-year terms, including at least one State either in the process of implementing Article 5 or having completed implementation of Article 5 after carrying out mine clearance activities.

Each year, the Committee on Article 5 Implementation will select a Chair among the States Parties serving the second year of their two-year terms. The Chair will be responsible for convening and chairing meetings, issuing communications on behalf of the Committee and directing the Implementation Support Unit to assist the work of the Committee.

Working methods

The Committee on Article 5 Implementation may draw from the working methods established in 2008 by the Article 5 Analysing Group, including by placing a heavy emphasis on cooperation with States Parties in the process of implementing Article 5 and by drawing upon expert input as required.

The Committee will strive to reach general agreement in all aspects of its work, and appoint a focal point among its members to provide advice on gender mainstreaming and ensure that the diverse needs and experiences of people in affected communities are taken into account in the implementation of the Oslo Action Plan.

Committees will increase and strengthen their coordination, including by examining implementation by States Parties in a more holistic manner, including by considering the submission of joint conclusions on the status of implementation of the Convention by States Parties at the Meetings of the States Parties / Review Conferences.