Monday 13 June & Friday 17 June
1. Opening of the meeting
The meeting was opened by its Co-Chairs, Ambassador Tim Caughley of New Zealand and Ambassador Glaudine Mtshali of South Africa, with the support of its Co-Rapporteurs Mr. Carlos Arroyave of Guatemala and Mr. Alain Van Gucht of Belgium.
2. General status of implementation
Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch of Austria, the President of the First Review Conference, provided an overview of the general status of implementation in the context of the pursuit of the aims of the Nairobi Action Programme. In addition, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Co-laureate, Ms. Jody Williams, delivered remarks
3. General status of universalization
The Coordinator of the Universalization Contact Group, Ms. Sumita Dixit of Canada, provided an update universalization efforts and the work of the Contact Group.
Following this update, the following States not parties made statements on their efforts to proceed with ratification of or accession to the Convention:
In addition, the following States Parties or organizations provided views or updates in the context of the topic of universalization.
4. Resource mobilization
The Coordinator of the Resource Mobilisation Contact Group, Ms. Merete Lundemo of Norway, provided an update on efforts to mobilize resources to achieve the Convention's aims.
5. Update on Article 7 reporting
The Coordinator of the Article 7 Contact Group, Mr. Paul Huynen of Belgium, provided an update on efforts to promote timely reporting in accordance with the Article.
In addition, the following States Parties or organizations provided views or updates in the context of the topic of article 7 reporting .
6. Article 3
Argentina made a general statement including on the matter of transparency regarding mines retained in accordance with Article 3. In addition, Argentina made a presentation on a behalf of Argentina and Chile regarding the reporting provisions of the Convention as they concern Article 3:
The following States Parties provided updates on plans for and use of mines retained for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques:
In addition, the following shared their views:
7. Article 9
The ICRC provided an overview of the status of Article 9 obligations:
The following States Parties provided updates on steps taken in accordance with Article 9:
As well, Senator Philippe Mahoux of Belgium made a statement on law passed by the Belgian parliament prohibiting investments in anti-personnel mines. In addition, the Australian Campaign to Ban Landmines offered its views on matters concerning Article 9.
8. The practical implementation of other provisions of the Convention
The Co-Chairs provided an opportunity for States Parties to exchange views and share experiences on the practical implementation of various other provisions of the Convention, including Articles 1, 2 and 3. The following delegations participated in this discussion:
In addition, as part of its statement, Canada reported that at its request the Implementation Support Unit of the GICHD had produced a handbook containing important documents from the Nairobi Summit
9. Preparations for the Sixth Meeting of the States Parties
A series of procedural matters concerning the Sixth Meeting of the States Parties were discussed:
The following States Parties and organizations provided their views on these matters:
10. General operations of the Convention
Updates were provided on the Coordinating Committee, Implementation Support Unit and Sponsorship Programme:
The following then took the floor to make a funding announcement: