Geneva Progress Report 2009-2010
The States Parties warmly welcomed the Geneva Progress Report 2009-2010 as an important means to support the application of the Cartagena Action Plan by measuring progress made since the Cartagena Summit and highlighting priority areas of work for the States Parties in the period between the 10MSP and the 2011 Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties (11MSP).
Requests for extensions on mine clearance deadlines
The States Parties granted requests for extensions submitted by six States Parties on the ten year deadlines for destroying or ensuring the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in mined areas:
Evaluation of the Implementation Support Unit (ISU)
The 2009 Second Review Conference mandated a task force to oversee an evaluation of the ISU, presenting its final report and recommendations to all States Parties in time for adoption at the 10MSP. The 10MSP endorsed the final report of the ISU Task Force, and, in doing so: (a) mandated the President, in consultation with the States Parties, to conclude an amended agreement with the GICHD regarding the ISU, (b) adopted the “Directive from the States Parties to the ISU” as annexed to the ISU Task Force report, ensuring that the ISU is directly responsible to the States Parties while it continues to be hosted by the GICHD, and, (c) tasked the President to establish an informal open-ended working group to examine new models for the financing of the ISU and present recommendations and draft decisions on the most feasible comprehensive financing model for adoption by the 11MSP, so it may be effective from the financial year 2012. In addition, the States Parties endorsed the President’s Statement on the Endorsement of the ISU Task Force Report, as contained in Annex IX to this report.
Review of the Intersessional Work Programme
The 2009 Second Review Conference called upon the Coordinating Committee to review the operation of the Intersessional Work Programme, with the Chair of the Coordinating Committee consulting widely on this matter and presenting a report and, if necessary, recommendations to the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties. The 10MSP accepted the recommendations that put forward by the Coordinating Committee, including agreeing to establish a new Standing Committee on Resources, Cooperation and Assistance.
New Co-Chairs and Co-Rapporteurs of the Standing Committees
The States Parties selected Co-Chairs and Co-Rapporteurs of the Standing Committees to serve between the end of the 10MSP and the end of the 11MSP.
Reporting on the functioning of the Implementation Support Unit
The States Parties noted the report on the functioning of the ISU, November 2009 to November 2010.
Dates for meetings in 2011
It agreed that meetings of the Standing Committees will take place the week of 20-24 June 2011. In addition, the 10MSP agreed to designate His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Vice-Chair of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, President of the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties and decided to hold the Eleventh Meeting in Phnom Penh the week of 28 November to 2 December 2011. As well, the Meeting adopted costs estimates for the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties.
The 10MSP considered a paper presented by Belgium which highlighted the importance of further discussions on a number of matters concerning the Convention’s transparency provisions and the reporting process.