After Bonn, States and civil society partners, namely the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the International Committee of the Red Cross, met in Belgium from 24-27 June 1997.
A new record was set at the formal Conference with 154 States attending.
The landmine movement was gathering important traction. States were ready to negotiate. At the end of the Conference, 97 States signed the Brussels Declaration.
The Declaration deemed the Austrian Text a suitable basis for negotiations, and welcomed the convening of the Diplomatic Conference in Oslo in September that year.
The Ottawa Process continues
“Twenty years ago, Belgium welcomed representatives of more than 150 countries interested in prohibiting landmines.
This diplomatic gathering concluded with the adoption of the Brussels Declaration by more than 90 governments.
We are proud of our contribution towards the adoption of the Convention and remain deeply committed with a world free of landmines, and resolute in our commitment towards the victims.
We salute the Ottawa Convention in the 20 years since its signing.”
HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium
Princess Astrid of Belgium who has been part of the landmine movement for nearly two decades and is a Special Envoy of the Convention continues to be at the forefront of efforts to fulfill the Convention's promise to landmine survivors everywhere.
In the photo above, Princess Astrid meets with Cambodian landmine survivors and ICBL Ambassadors, Song Kosal and Tun Channareth at the 2009 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World.