On 1 March Convention partners gathered around the world to commemorate 20 years of action towards a mine-free world. Convention President Norway, hosted events at United Nations in Geneva and New York with among others the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF and UNHCR.
In Geneva, Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet spoke of the importance of the Convention and its approach to victim assistance which “has shown unambiguously how an international convention can result in greater respect for, and protection of, fundamental rights. Its human rights-based approach is key part of its legacy”, she said.
Over 30 delegations participated in the event.
Convention friends also faced the cold and wind at an open air ceremony before the iconic Jet d’eau in Geneva.
The fountain was illuminated in blue to commemorate 20 years of action, remember those fallen victim to mines and recall the work that remains to be done to achieve the mine-free ambition.
On 26 February, Norway led the Fourth Pledging Conference opened by H.E. Audun Halvorsen, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; 41 delegations participated including 31 States Parties.
The ISU and Sponsorship Programme received a number of contributions including from mine-affected States Parties Mozambique and Sri Lanka.
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