Four Areas of Concern for the Third Review Conference to Address

We are less than two months (55 days to be precise) from the start of the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty in Maputo, Mozambique.  At the meeting, the humanitarian disarmament and landmine community will gather together, review the events of the last five years and set out a (hopefully) bold agenda for the next five years.  When the first meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty was held in Maputo in 1999, the thought of seeing a truly mine-free world might have seemed like a pipe dream.  Now, with the appropriate investment, that goal is maybe 15 years away, not 150 as Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano warned in 1999.  But, as we pack our bags for Maputo, I believe a few particular issues merit additional attention and resolution during the conference.  Starting on Monday, May 5th, I will post on each of the following items with a new post every Monday in May:

1. Old Mines versus New Mines

2. The Future of Survivor Assistance

3. Maintaining the Stigma

4. Responding to Violations

 

Michael P. Moore

April 29, 2014

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