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20th Anniversary Events

8 June 2017 | Geneva

Commemorative 20th anniversary group photo under the “Broken Chair” and reception hosted by H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria and President of the 16th Meeting of the States Parties

30-31 May 2017 | San Jose, Costa Rica

Regional meeting of National IHL Committees in the Americas on the occasion of the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols and the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines

Organised by the ICRC in coordination and with the support of the Costa Rican IHL Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Worship of Costa Rica
Programme PDF 168KB

Concept note PDF 241KB


18 September 2017 | Djelfa, Algeria

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Convention, Algeria held the final phase of destruction of the anti-personnel mines it had retained for training

Organised by the Ministry of National Defence of Algeria.


Statement by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Minister of National Defence of Algeria

Statement by H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, President of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties


16-18 October 2017 | Zagreb, Croatia

Conference on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Convention

Organised jointly by RACVIAC - Centre for Security Cooperation the Embassy of Canada to Croatia and the Croatian Office for Mine Action with the sponsorship of Germany.

Programme PDF 221KB

1 December | Geneva, Switzerland 

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention at 20 years; road to the 16MSP in Vienna

The Permanent Missions of Austria and Canada, along with the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit, invite State and civil society representatives to commemorate the opening for signature of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in Ottawa 20 years ago, in the lead-up to the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties (16MSP) to take place in Vienna from 18-21 December 2017.

Programme PDF 114KB

4 December | Geneva, Switzerland 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Convention

The GICHD, Handicap International and the Convention's Implementation Support Unit, invite participants to the opening of a public exhibition.

Invitation PDF 129KB

4 December | Ottawa, Canada

Unfinished Business: The Ottawa Treaty at 20

Hosted by:Canadian Landmine Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, Handicap InternationalInternational Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)Landmine Free 2025 Campaign, Mines Action Canada (MAC), Mines Advisory Group (MAG),The HALO Trust.

Programme PDF 221KB