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Day 4 | Thursday 21 December

11. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention

11.c. Cooperation and Assistance: Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance (continued)

The following delegations commented on steps they have taken to implement Actions #19 through #24 of the Maputo Action Plan: Afghanistan, Brazil, Netherlands, Cambodia, Sweden, Somalia, Norway, ICBL and the GICHD.  

In addition, the Chair of the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance delivered closing remarks.

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11.d. Preventing and suppressing prohibited activities and facilitating compliance: Conclusions and recommendations related to the mandate of the Committee on   Cooperative Compliance

The President, as Chair of the Committee on Cooperative Compliance, presented conclusions and recommendations related to the mandate of the Committee.

  • Conclusions of the Committee on Cooperative Compliance PDF 232KB

The following delegations commented on the conclusions of the Committee or shared views or information on matters concerning cooperative compliance: Sudan, South Sudan, Croatia, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway and the ICBL.  

In addition, the Chair of the Committee on Cooperative Compliance delivered closing remarks. 

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11.e. Destroying stockpiled anti-personnel mines

The President presented its conclusions on the status of implementation of Article 4.

  • Conclusions of the President on the status of implementation of Article 4 PDF 243KB

Belarus declared that it had completed the destruction of its stockpiled anti-personnel mines.

The following States Parties that are still in the process of destroying stockpiled anti-personnel mines, including previously unknown stockpiles, provided updates on steps taken to implement Actions #5 through #7 of the Maputo Action Plan: Greece and Bulgaria.

The following other delegations shared views or information on matters concerning stockpile destruction: Canada, Netherlands and the ICBL.

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11.f. Universalizing the Convention

The President provided an update on the status of universalization of the Convention.

  • Status of universalization of the Convention PDF 437KB

H.R.H. Prince Mired of Jordan, the Convention's Special Envoy provided an update on its activities.

  • Statement of the Convention's Special Envoy PDF XXXKB

The following other delegations shared views or information on matters concerning universalization: Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, Palestine, European Union, Ireland, Croatia, Belgium, Japan, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, ICRC and the ICBL.

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11.g. Transparency and the exchange of information

The President presented an update on transparency and the exchange of information and encouraged States Parties to make use of the Guide to reporting when preparing their annual transparency reports.

The following delegations shared views or information on matters concerning transparency, including on mines retained for permitted purposes under Article 3: Algeria and the ICBL.

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11.h. Implementation Support

11.h.i. Report on the activities, functioning and finances of the ISU and presentation of a work plan and a budget for the 2018 activities of the ISU

The ISU Director presented the ISU work plan and budget 2018 and the 16MSP adopted this document.

The following delegations shared views on matters concerning the ISU work plan and budget 2018: Canada and Sweden.  

In addition, the ISU Director presented the interim 2017 report on activities and finances and the audited annual financial report for 2016. The 16MSP approved these documents.

11.h.ii. Mid-term review of the ISU four-year work plan 2016-2019

When the ISU four-year work plan and budget 2016-2019 was adopted at the 14MSP, the States Parties agreed to hold a mid-term review of this work plan during their 16MSP. The President presented the mid-term review.

  • ISU Four-Year Work Plan and Budget 2016-2019: Mid-Term Review PDF 205KB

11.h.iii. Cooperation of the ISU with other relevant instruments

In 2015, the 14MSP requested the Presidency to conduct informal administrative consultations with the Presidents of other relevant instruments and with the Heads of other relevant ISU’s. The Presidency was requested to report on opportunities for cost-savings through cooperation as soon as practical but not later than at the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties. The President reported on the outcome of these consultations.

  • Opportunities for cost savings through cooperation between ISUs PDF 203KB

The following delegations shared views on this matter: Italy, on behalf of France and Italy and Brazil.

11.h.iv. Other matters concerning implementation support

The meeting considered a number of other matters concerning implementation support, including dates for the intersessional meetings in 2018, the new Committee members and the Convention's Sponsorship Programme.

The 16MSP agreed that the 2018 intersessional meetings will take place on 7-8 June 2018.

In keeping with its mandate, the 16MSP President consulted with States Parties to identify a list of nominees to serve as new Committee members following the 16MSP. The meeting agreed on the following proposal:

  • Article 5 Implementation: Colombia and the Netherlands until the end of the Fourth Review Conference and Chile and Switzerland until the end of the 17MSP; 
  • Victim Assistance: Belgium and Mozambique until the end of the Fourth Review Conference and Croatia and Ecuador until the end of the 17MSP; 
  • Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance: Sweden and Thailand until the end of the Fourth Review Conference and Algeria and Canada until the end of the 17MSP; 
  • Cooperative Compliance: Poland and Zambia until the end of the Fourth Review Conference and Iraq and the United Kingdom until the end of the 17MSP.   

In addition, Australia, in its capacity as Coordinator of the Sponsorship Programme provided an update on the Sponsorship Programme.

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12. Financial status of assessed contributions to the Meetings of the States Parties

UNODA delivered a statement on the status of assessed contributions.

The following delegations shared views on this matter: European Union, Croatia, Canada, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Belgium.

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13. Consideration of requests submitted under Article 5

The meeting took decisions on the requests for extended mine clearance deadlines which had been submitted by Angola, Ecuador, Iraq, Thailand and Zimbabwe. 

  • Decision on the Article 5 request submitted by Angola PDF XXXKB
  • Decision on the Article 5 request submitted by Ecuador PDF XXXKB
  • Decision on the Article 5 request submitted by Iraq PDF 69KB
  • Decision on the Article 5 request submitted by Thailand PDF XXXKB
  • Decision on the Article 5 request submitted by Zimbabwe PDF XXXKB

The delegations of Angola, Ecuador, Iraq, Thailand and Zimabawe took the floor.

14. Consideration of matters arising from/in the context of reports submitted under Article 7

No delegation took the floor under this agenda item.

15. Consideration of requests submitted under Article 8

No delegation took the floor under this agenda item. 

16. Date, duration, location and Presidency of the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties, and matters pertaining to the preparations for the Seventeenth Meeting

The 16MSP agreed to hold the 17MSP in Geneva the week of 26 November 2018 and that H.E. Suraya Dalil, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva, be designated to preside over the 17MSP.

In addition, the 16MSP adopted cost estimates for the 17MSP. 

  • Estimated costs for the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties PDF 245KB 

The 17MSP President presented her initial ideas for her presidency and for the 17MSP.

  • Statement by the 17MSP President PDF XXXKB

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17. Any other business

Women youth delegates from the Women in Disarmament Youth Leaders Forum delivered a statement to the 16MSP.

  • Statement of the Women in Disarmament Youth Leaders Forum PDF XXXKB

18. Consideration and adoption of the final document

The meeting considered and adopted the final report of the 16MSP.

19. Closure of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties

The 16MSP President read his final declaration and delivered closing remarks.