The Oslo Review Conference on a Mine-Free World taking place 25-29 November in Norway, is the formal diplomatic meeting of the 164 States Parties to the Convention; it has the potential of being one of the most important events since the Convention was adopted - precisely in Oslo in 1997. The Fourth Review Conference is the chance for the international community to regroup to deal with the realities of what remains for the States Parties to meet their 2025 mine-free ambition.
The Fourth Review Conference takes place as the Convention commemorates 20 years since it entered into force.
The States Parties unanimously elected H.E. Hans Brattskar Ambassador of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva as President of the Fourth Review Conference; as such, the Ambassador leads the work of the States Parties throughout 2019.
Norway's Presidency began as the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties concluded on 30 November 2018, and will continue until the end of the Review Conference in Oslo.
In his capacity as President, Ambassador Brattskar presented some of Norway's key priorities for the presidency and initial ideas for the Fourth Review Conference.
In addition to leading the work of the States Parties through a series of meetings, the Convention’s President is also the Chair of the Convention's Coordinating Committee. The Presidency's mandate also includes universalization and stockpile destruction.
In addition to meetings of the Coordinating Committee, Norway is also set to Chair the following major meetings throughout 2019,
Find informal communication on Convention's efforts through a series of press releases, stories and social media posts as follow,