Zambia ratified the Convention on 23 February 2001, and the Convention entered into force for Zambia on 1 August 2001. 

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 31 August 2001, Zambia reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

In its transparency report submitted in 2004, Zambia reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.

In total, Zambia reported having destroyed 3,345 mines.

Retained Mines (Article 3)

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. Zambia has reported having retained 907 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. Training previously carried out covered mine identification and awareness, minefield marking and layout, detection and destruction techniques for mainly military personnel preparing for United Nations Peace Keeping Operations deployment, combat engineers undergoing mandatory career progression courses, and national and regional military officers undergoing Command and Staff Courses.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report, Zambia reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines were known or suspected to be emplaced. In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Zambia undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of these anti-personnel mines as soon as possible but not later than 1 August 2011.

On 11 November 2009, the Director of the Zambia Mine Action Center (ZMAC) and the Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister of Zambia, announced that mine clearance operations had been completed.

A formal Declaration of Completion was presented by Zambia at the 2009 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World.


Zambia's Declaration of Completion, 1 December 2009 PDF 130KB

Zambia's Article 7 transparency report submitted in 2013 PDF 580KB


Press Release | Zambia mined areas are safe once again English | French | Spanish

Zambia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Fashion Phiri at the 2009 Cartagena Summit

Photos (Flickr): A snapshot of Convention-related activities.