1. Opening ceremony
The meeting was officially opened by the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties (16MSP) President, H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria. A high level opening ceremony featured an address delivered on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria and messages delivered on behalf of organisations that historically played a role in the Convention:
Also during the opening ceremony, the delegation of Sri Lanka presented the 16MSP President with a copy of its instrument of accession to the Convention.
2. Official opening of the meeting
The 16MSP was officially opened by the 16MSP President, H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria.
3. Adoption of the agenda
The States Parties adopted the agenda for the 16MSP.
4. Election of the Vice-Presidents of the meeting and other officers
In keeping with past practice, those eight outgoing members of the Committees were elected as Vice-Presidents of the 16MSP, namely: Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, Uganda and Zambia.
5. Confirmation of the Secretary-General of the meeting
H.E. Wolfgang Angerholzer, Director, Organisation of International Conferences and Matters Relating to International Organisations in Austria at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria was confirmed as the Secretary-General of the 16MSP.
6. Organisation of work
The States Parties adopted the programme of work for the 16MSP.
7. General exchange of views
Sri Lanka, the latest State to join the Convention took the floor to deliver a general statement.
The following States Parties took the floor to deliver general statements: Thailand, Japan Slovakia, Ireland, Holy See, Germany and Belarus.
The following organisation delivered a general statement: the European Union.
8. Panel: 20 Years of Success: Fulfilling the Promise of the Convention by 2025
The panel "20 Years of Sucess: Fulfilling the Promise of the Convention by 2025" drew lessons from 20 years of accomplishments and looked back at the government-civil society partnerships that made the Convention a success. Panellists were able to share their personal experiences and their views on the status of the Convention and what it will take to fulfil the aspiration of a mine-free world to the fullest extent possible by 2025. The panel was moderated by Thomas Hajnoczi, 16MSP President and featured interventions from:
9. Informal presentation of requests submitted under Article 5
The following four States Parties which had submitted requests for extensions of their Article 5 mine clearance deadlines presented their requests: Angola, Ecuador, Iraq and Thailand.
The Chair of the Committee on Article 5, introduced the analyses that had been prepared with respect to these requests.
The following delegation shared views with respect to the request submitted by Angola: ICBL.
The following delegation shared views with respect to the request submitted by Ecuador: ICBL.
The following delegation shared views with respect to the request submitted by Iraq: ICBL.