Anti-personnel mines are a devastating weapon. They destroy lives indiscriminately, during and long after conflict has ended.
The 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is the cornerstone of international efforts to end the suffering and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines. To date, a total of 164 States Parties have committed to the effective and efficient implementation of the Convention’s provisions, including prohibiting the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel mines, and ensuring their destruction.
While commendable progress has been made in the Convention’s implementation since its entry into force, challenges remain. As is often the case, the initial enthusiasm behind implementation efforts has waned in the 24 years since the Convention entered into force on 1 March 1999.
In this regard, the IPU and the Implementation Support Unit (ISU), which serves as the secretariat for the Convention, will host an Online Global Dialogue for Members of Parliament to raise awareness about the status and challenges of the Convention and to discuss how parliamentarians can best support its implementation in the lead-up to the Fifth Review Conference, scheduled for 25-29 November 2024.
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.