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Summary and Statements

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY AND FRIDAY 24 MAY

1. Opening of the meeting

Ambassador Hans Brattskar of Norway, President of the Fourth Review Conference and Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), delivered opening remarks:

2. Matters related to the mandate of the Committee on Victim Assistance

The Chair of the Committee on Victim Assistance, Mozambique, presented the Committee's activities and preliminary observations.

  • Preliminary Observations of the Committee on Victim Assistance

The following States Parties that have indicated that they are responsible for significant numbers of landmine survivors responded to the Committee’s preliminary observations and/or provided updates on their efforts: 

The following other delegations shared views and information on matters related to victim assistance: 

3. Matters related to the mandate of the Committee on Article 5 Implementation

The Chair of the Committee on Article 5 Implementation, the Netherlands, presented the Committee’s activities and preliminary observations.

  • Preliminary Observations of the Committee on Article 5 Implementation

One State Party which has deadline in 2020 but has indicated that it is on track to meeting its Article 5 implementation deadline provided an update: 

Six States Parties which have submitted a request for extension of their Article 5 deadlines for consideration at the Fourth Review Conference presented highlights of their requests:

The presentations from these States Parties were followed by comments from the following delegations:

On the request submitted by Argentina: the United Kingdom.

On the request submitted by Cambodia: Thailand, GICHD and ICBL

On the request submitted by Chad: ICBL.

On the request submitted by Ethiopia: ICBL

On the request submitted by Tajikistan: ICBL and GICHD

On the request submitted by Yemen: ICBL

One State Party which has a deadline in 2020 has not yet indicated whether it will submit a request for extension of its Article 5 deadline: Eritrea. 

The following States Parties which had been requested to submit updated work plans in accordance with decisions on their extension requests presented an overview of their updated work plan:

The following States Parties that are in the process of implementing Article 5 engaged with the Committee's preliminary observations and / or provided updates on their efforts:

The following delegations shared views on matters related to Article 5 implementation:

The following delegations provided a written submission on matters related to Article 5 implementation: 

4. Matters related to the mandate of the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance

The Chair of the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance, Sweden, presented the Committee’s activities and preliminary observations.

  • Preliminary Observations of the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance

The following delegations shared views on matters related to cooperation and assistance:

5. Matters related to the mandate of the Committee on Cooperative Compliance

The Chair of the Committee on Cooperative Compliance, the President of the Fourth Review Conference, presented the Committee's activities and preliminary observations.

The following delegations responded to the Committee’s preliminary observations and or shared views on matters related to cooperative compliance:

The following delegations provided updates or shared views on matters related to cooperative compliance: 

6. Matters related to the mandate of the President

6a. Universalization

The President of the Fourth Review Conference presented his activities on universalization. The President of the Fourth Review Conference also presented a document on the status of universalization.

The following States not party shared views and information on matters related to the universalization of the Convention:

 

The following other delegations shared views on universalization: 

6b. Stockpile destruction

The President of the Fourth Review Conference presented his activities and preliminary observations on stockpile destruction. 

The following States Parties which have missed their Article 4 deadline responded to the President's observations and / or provided updates on the status of their stockpile destruction programme:

The following State Party in the process of carrying out its stockpile destruction activities presented on progress in meeting its stockpile destruction obligations:  

The following States Parties and organisations shared views on matters related to anti-personnel mines retained for permitted purposes under Article 3:

6c. Reporting

The President of the Fourth Review Conference provided an update on his activities related to reporting since the beginning of the year. In addition, he took stock of the situation concerning transparency reporting and in this regard highlighted the following persistent challenges: the rate of reporting and the quality of reporting. 

 The following delegation shared views on matters related to reporting: 

7. Implementation Support Unit

7a. Update on the activities and finances of the ISU

The ISU Director presented his update on the activities of finances of the ISU.

  • ISU Director

7b.Update on the Pledging Conference

The President of the Fourth Review Conference presented an update on the 2019 Pledging Conference.

  • President of the Fourth Review Conference

8. Closing remarks

 The intersessional meetings were closed by the Fourth Review Conference President.