TUESDAY 22 MAY
Opening of the Parallel Programme for Victim Assistance Experts
The programme was opened by the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Victim Assistance (Algeria and Croatia) and will feature the participation of the President of the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties (11MSP), H.E. Prak Sokhonn of Cambodia.
Session One: Coordination in the Implementation of National Plans
Action #24 of the Cartagena Action Plan encourages States Parties to “establish inter-ministerial / inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of relevant national plans, policies and legal frameworks and to ensure that this focal entity has the authority and resources to carry out its task”. The purpose of this discussion was to highlight challenges that have been encountered in the implementation of national plans and to identify ways to overcome these challenges.
Session Two: Monitoring the Implementation of National Plans
Action #28 of the Cartagena Action Plan encourages states to “monitor and evaluate progress regarding victim assistance within broader national policies, plans and legal frameworks and to do this on an ongoing basis”. Furthermore, States have committed to report on the progress made, including resources allocated to achieving their objectives to address the rights and needs of mine victims. The purpose of this discussion was to highlight challenges that have been encountered in monitoring the implementation of national plans and to identify ways to overcome these challenges.
Participants were asked to come prepared to address questions such as: Are all relevant actors involved in monitoring implementation? How is implementation measured, in terms of outputs, outcomes and impact?
Introduction to Participatory exercise on monitoring the implementation of national plans
Participants broke up into three small working groups in order to undertake an exercise on monitoring the implementation of national action plans.
Feedback from Groups
Participants reconvened to share the outcomes of their group work.