Geneva Progress Report
The States Parties assessed efforts to apply the Cartagena Action Plan, recording in the 13MSP Geneva Progress Report the challenges that have been encountered and the work that remains in meeting Cartagena Action Plan commitments prior to the Convention’s Third Review Conference 2014.
Requests for extensions on mine clearance deadlines
The 13MSP considered requests for extended mine clearance deadlines that had been submitted by Chad, Mozambique, Niger, Serbia, Sudan and Turkey.
Report on the Article 5 extensions process in 2013
The President of the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties presented a report on the process for the preparation, submission and consideration of requests for extensions to Article 5 deadlines in 2013.
ISU work plan and budget
Further to the “Directive from the States Parties to the ISU” adopted by the 10MSP which instructs the ISU to propose and present a work plan and budget for the activities of the ISU for the following year to the Coordinating Committee for endorsement and subsequently to MSPs for approval, the 13MSP approved the work plan and budget for the activities of the ISU in 2013.
ISU audited financial statement and preliminary report on activities and finances
Further to the “Directive from the States Parties to the ISU” which tasks the ISU to report in written form as well as orally on the activities, functioning and finances of the ISU to each Meeting of the State Parties, and, to submit an audited annual financial report for the previous year and a preliminary annual financial report for the present year to the Coordinating Committee and subsequently to MSPs for approval, the 13MSP approved the report on the activities and finances of the ISU and the ISU’s 2012 audited financial statement.
The Convention’s meeting programme in 2014
The 13MSP agreed that intersessional work in 2014 take place the afternoon of 9 April, that a second preparatory meeting in advance of the Third Review Conference take place all day on 10 April, and that additional intersessional work could take place on 11 April subject to the Coordinating Committee considering what, if any, additional intersessional work may be required given the short period of time between the 13MSP and the Third Review Conference.
The 13MSP agreed that the Convention’s Third Review Conference take place from 23 to 27 June 2014 in Maputo, Mozambique and that H.E. Henrique Banze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, be designated to preside over the Review Conference.
The meeting agreed that the First Preparatory Meeting in advance of the Review Conference take place on 6 December 2013 and that a Second Preparatory Meeting take place in Geneva on 10 April 2014.
The meeting accepted the proposal of the 12MSP President that Belgium preside over the 14MSP, without prejudice to when the 14MSP may take place.
Appointment of new Co-Chairs
The meeting agreed that the following States Parties will serve as Co-Chairs from the end of the 13MSP for a two-year term:
It was noted that these States Parties will join the following, which will be completing the second year of their two year terms between the end of the 13MSP and the end of the Third Review Conference:
It was further noted that these decisions on Co-Chairs were without prejudice to decisions the Third Review Conference in 2014 may wish to take with respect to the Convention’s committee structure or its meeting programme.