Monday 8 May & Friday 12 May
1. Opening of the meeting
The meeting was opened by its Co-Chairs, Paul Huynen of Belgium and Carlos Arroyave of Guatemala, with the support of its Co-Rapporteurs Marcelo Valle Fonrouge of Argentina and Andrea Romussi of Italy.
In opening the meeting, the Co-Chairs reminded delegations on the process they will facilitate with a view to identifying a draft list of nominees to serve as Co-Rapporteurs following the Seventh Meeting of the States Parties.
2. General status of implementation
Dijana Plestina of Croatia, on behalf of the President of the Sixth Meeting of the States Parties, provided an overview of the general status of implementation in the context of the pursuit of the aims of the Nairobi Action Programme and the priorities contained in the Zagreb Progress Report.
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.
The following States that recently ratified the Convention made statements:
The 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. Susan Eckey of Norway, provided an update on efforts to mobilize resources to achieve the Convention's aims.
In addition, the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention, Belgium and Guatemala, presented a paper on the topic of Triangular International Cooperation:
In addition, the following States Parties or organizations provided views or updates in the context of the topic of resource mobilization:
5. Update on Article 7 reporting
The Coordinator of the Article 7 Contact Group, Mr. Paul Huynen of Belgium, provided on 8 May an initial update on efforts to promote timely reporting in accordance with the Article and then on 12 May provided a revised update. In addition, the Director of the Geneva Branch of the Department for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Tim Caughley, introduced a letter that he had provided to the States Parties on the matter of Article 7 reporting.
The following States Parties and organizations provided updates shared views with respect to Article 7 reporting:
6. Contact Group Updates
Following a week of activities, the Contact Group Coordinators made brief updates:
7. Updates on Article 3
The following States Parties and organizations shared views or 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 accordance with Article 3:
8. Updates on Article 9
The following States Parties and organizations shared views or provided updates on the development and adoption of legislative, administrative and other measures in accordance with Article 9:
9. The practical implementation of the various other provisions of the Convention
The following States Parties and organizations exchanged views and shared their experiences on the practical implementation of the various provisions of the Convention, including Articles 1, 2 and 3:
10. Preparations for the Seventh Meeting of the States Parties
The President-Designate of the Seventh Meeting of the States Parties (7MSP) Ambassador Caroline Millar of Australia, presented a paper containing initial ideas and an agenda and a programme for the 7MSP:
In addition, the Co-Chairs introduced draft 7MSP Rules of Procedure and the 7MSP Executive Secretary, Mr. Tim Caughley, Director of the Geneva Branch of the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs, introduced draft 7MSP cost estimates:
As well, 7MSP Secretary-General-designate provided an update on organizational matters.
11. Matters pertaining to the general operations of the Convention
Updates were provided on activities of the Coordinating Committee, Implementation Support Unit and the Sponsorship Programme:
In addition, the following States Parties expressed their support for the Implementation Support Unit and / or the Sponsorship Programme:
12. Closing remarks by the Co-Chairs