The 9MSP opening ceremony featured speeches from Micheline Calm-Rey, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC. There was a screening of the ICRC Special Fund for Disabled film on the different phases of rehabilitation and socio-economic reintegration of persons with disabilities. A final speech was made by ICBL Youth Ambassador and landmine survivor Ms Song Kosal.
Agenda Item #1: Official Opening of Meeting
The 9MSP was officially opened by His Royal Highness, Prince Mired Raad of Jordan, President of the 8MSP.
Agenda Item #2: Election of the President
The meeting acclaimed His Excellency Ambassador Jürg Streuli of Switzerland as President of the 9MSP.
Agenda Item #3: Brief messages delivered to the 9MSP
In keeping with past practices brief messages were delivered or statements made by the following: the Secretary General of the United Nations, delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director General of the UN Office; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, delivered by Sylvie Brigot, Executive Director of the ICBL; and, President of the Council of the Foundation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) Cornelio Sommaruga.
Agenda Item #4: Adoption of the Agenda
The meeting adopted the agenda for the 9MSP.
Agenda Item #5: Adoption of the Rules of Procedure
The meeting adopted the rules of procedure.
Agenda Item #6: Adoption of the Budget
The meeting adopted the costs estimates for the 9MSP.
Agenda Item #7: Election of the Vice-Presidents of the Meeting and of other Officers
In keeping with past practice, the eight outgoing Co-Chairs of the Standing Committees were elected Vice-Presidents of the 9MSP: Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Kenya, Lithuania, New Zealand, Peru, Serbia.
Agenda Item #8: Confirmation of the Secretary General of the Meeting
Mr Rémy Friedman of Switzerland was confirmed as Secretary General of the 9MSP.
Agenda Item #9: Organization of Work
The meeting adopted its programme of work.
Agenda Item #10: General Exchange of Views
The following delegations made written statements of a general nature available.
The following delegations delivered oral statements or made written statements of a general nature available.
Agenda Item #11: Informal presentation of requests submitted under Article 5 and of the analysis of these requests
HRH Prince Mired, 8MSP President and Chair of the Article 5 analysing group, presented his report on the process for the preparation, submission and consideration of requests for extensions to Article 5 deadlines.
The following States made general statements regarding the Article 5 extensions process: