The Third Review Conference on the Ottawa Treaty (Mine Ban Treaty) will be held next week in Maputo, Mozambique from June 23 – 27. In advance of the conference, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) has issued a Completion Challenge, encouraging all current States Parties to complete their major treaty obligations within the next 10 years. In support of that challenge, Landmine Monitor has launched various publications (listed below) that track 15 years of progress in universalizing the ban on landmines, clearing contaminated lands, reducing casualties, meeting the needs of victims and survivors, and more on the international landmine crisis and efforts to relive the world of such dangerous weapons.
For more information on the history of the Ottawa Treaty and efforts leading up to the Third Review Conference, please click here.
Some key publications on the Ottawa Treaty and landmine action, include:
- Banning Antipersonnel Mines: A 15-Year Overview of Major Findings – This 5-page factsheet examines trends in treaty universalization, use of antipersonnel mines, stockpiles and stockpile destruction, production and transfer, mines retained for training, and transparency reporting.
- Mine Ban Treaty Special Issues of Concern (Articles 1, 2, 3) – This 9-page factsheet addresses sometimes controversial issues related to treaty implementation and interpretation, including assistance in joint military operations with states not party, foreign stockpiling and transit of antipersonnel mines, the applicability of the treaty to antivehicle mines with sensitive fuzes or sensitive antihandling devices, and the inappropriate retention of mines for training purposes.
- Update of 1999 Major Findings – This special graphic adaptation uses Landmine Monitor Report 1999 major findings and adds new pop-outs to show where key indicators of progress stand today.
- Mine Action and Support for Mine Action: 1999–2014 – This 5-page factsheet details global mine contamination and clearance efforts, especially progress made by States Parties in completing their obligation to clear all known mined areas. It features an update on international cooperation and national support to mine action that includes calendar year 2013 figures.
- Support for Mine Action (infographic) – The infographic contains 5-year summaries of trends and totals in global mine action funding, and provides key figures on recent top donors and recipients of mine action support.
- As a separate publication, Norwegian People’s Aid will release Clearing the Mines, a 200+page report that assesses the remaining threat from antipersonnel mines. The report is based on research by the Monitor’s Mine Action team.
- Casualty trends 1999-2013 – Using data collected on casualties occurring in the 31 States Parties with significant numbers of survivors and needs from 1999 through 2013, this 9-page report highlights the decline in casualties since the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force. Despite this decrease, the number of survivors continues to grow. Over the 15-year period, the percentage of civilians impacted increased and children killed and injured remained almost half of all known casualties. The report examines demographic trends related to incidents caused by antipersonnel mines, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs), antivehicle mines, and explosive remnants of war (ERW).
- Victim Assistance Regional Reports (5): Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe Middle East – In a series of reports, the Monitor presents victim assistance trends in five regions, focused primarily on states with significant numbers of survivors and needs. Each report details State Party-specific actions related to availability and access to services, as well as survivor inclusion and participation. These reports also provide an overview of international cooperation and national support for mine/ERW survivors in each region. The Americas report is available in Spanish; Francophone Africa is available in French.