The international treaty to ban landmines, signed in Ottawa on 3 December 1997, entered into force on this day (March 1st) in 1999. The treaty is slowly eradicating the production and use of the anti-personnel landmines around the world, but more can be done. The Canadian Landmine Foundation (CLMF) exists to foster education and awareness about the ongoing dangers of landmines and unexploded remnants of war. On this day, the anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty’s entrance into force, please disseminate this post to help our efforts to end human and economic suffering caused by anti-personnel landmines.
Canadian Landmine Efforts Need A Boost
According to an annual report of Landmine Monitor released by the Nobel-prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Canada no longer ranks amongst the top five donors in its funding for landmine detection, clearance and for victims and important education programs.
According to the Monitor report, Canadian funding was $7.98 million last year, up slightly from the $6.76 million in 2012 but down significantly from the $49.2 million that was contributed in 2007.
In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, executive director of the civil society coalition Mines Action Canada (MAC) Paul Hannon, said:
“It’s disappointing … Canada fell to the 14th position among international donors with one of the smallest contributions to mine action since the Ottawa Treaty came into force in 1999.”
“[A landmine free world] is achievable in our lifetime … Things are going well and all the indications are positive. But we need Canada to step up and help finish the job that we started.”
– Paul Hannon, Mines Action Canada (MAC)
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