COMING UP – Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty | November 25, 2016
The Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties (15MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty will take place in Santiago, Chile, from 28 November to 1 December 2016. Handicap International will contribute to the meeting. The Meeting will reunite more than a 160 States Parties to assess the success and challenges of the Convention on the Prohibition […]
The Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties (15MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty will take place in Santiago, Chile, from 28 November to 1 December 2016. Handicap International will contribute to the meeting.
The Meeting will reunite more than a 160 States Parties to assess the success and challenges of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. The program of the meeting is accessible here.
This annual formal meeting will provide an opportunity for States Parties to present progress, challenges, plans, and requirements for assistance and cooperation to achieve their treaty obligations and the commitments they made under the 2014 Maputo Action Plan (MAP) and Maputo+15 declaration. It will be presided over by H.E. Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Minister of Chile. During its presidency, Chile “aims to provide an inclusive space for reflection open to all who have interest in establishing a world free of mines by 2025.” .
What are states expected to do at this meeting?
1. States Parties are expected to report on the progress they have made and their plans on all relevant treaty obligations and MAP commitments (mine clearance, victim assistance, stockpile destruction, mine risk education, retained mines, national legislation, cooperation and assistance, etc.).
2. States not party to the MBT are expected to report on the steps they have taken to join the treaty.
3. States are expected to actively participate in discussions throughout the 15MSP, in particular on the following key issues:
– Achieving the goal of 2025 : States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty are committed to an aspirational deadline of 2025 for completion of mine clearance and other treaty obligations. The goal of 2025 was adopted in the Maputo +15 Declaration at the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty in 2014.
-Use of antipersonnel mine use by states : In the past two years, antipersonnel mines were used by the armed forces of Myanmar, North Korea and Syria. Any use should be of serious concern to States Parties and be publically addressed and condemned during the 15MSP. States Parties should call on and engage with the concerned states to ensure no new mine use in the future.
– New extension requests for clearance deadlines : Niger and Peru have presented requests for extension of their clearance deadline under Article 5 of the treaty at the intersessional meetings in 2016. The Article 5 Committee has analyzed the requests. At the 15MSP, States Parties should engage in discussions on these requests and decide on their approval. Ukraine is in violation of Article 5 after missing its 1 June 2016 deadline for clearance without being granted an extension; it should request an extension at the 15MSP.
Read ICBL’s highlights on the meeting here.
Handicap International at the 15 MSP
Handicap International will support advocacy actions carried out by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Namely, we will convey strong messages on victim assistance to promote the participation and inclusion of victims as well as persons with disabilities, in a CRPD-compliant approach.
Namely, Handicap International will contribute to two side events:
- The launch of the new guidance on the Victim Assistance integrated approach, organised by VA coordinators on the 29th. Handicap International provided technical support during this process.
- Landmines and spatial development, organized with London Business School and Belgium on the 30th.