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Vienna, Geneva – The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties (16MSP) concluded in Vienna, Austria, recording success in stockpile destruction, mine clearance, and universalization, and renewing its call against new use of anti-personnel mines by any actor anywhere.
The Conference expressed concern for the ever growing use of improvised landmines which has driven up the number of casualties to its highest levels since the 1990s, and called for sustained assistance to victims of these weapons.
The Conference also agreed that more sustained and targeted efforts in mine clearance were needed if the international community is to meet its 2025 mine-free ambition.
The Conference involved more than 520 participants representing over 100 delegations including 95 States (81 States Parties and 15 that are not yet part of the treaty), and 22 international and non-governmental organisations, many representing landmine survivors' interests.
The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria and Head of the Austrian Department for Disarmament. The Ambassador, who also led the work of the Convention for the past year, was a key figure of the process that in 1997 led to the adoption and signing of the treaty.