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12th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty
an article by International Campaign to Ban Land Mines

On 3 December, exactly 15 years after the Mine Ban Treaty was opened for signature in Ottawa, Canada, governments, international agencies, and civil society will gather in Geneva for the treaty’s 12th Meeting of States Parties (12MSP). The 12MSP will also mark three years since the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World, the treaty’s Second Review Conference and adoption of the Cartagena Action Plan: Ending The Suffering Caused By Anti-Personnel Mines 2010-2014. It is a chance for the international community to assess efforts to implement the treaty and the Cartagena Action Plan and to identify challenges and discuss plans how to fulfill these commitments by the treaty’s next review conference .



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At the 12 MSP, the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL) expects:

· States Parties to report on what they have done recently “to translate the Cartagena Action Plan into sustainable progress” and on how they plan to fully implement it by 2014, when the Third Review Conference of the MBT will take place.

· States not party to join the treaty or to report on steps they have taken to join the treaty.

· All states to condemn all recent use of antipersonnel mines and to express concerns about and demand investigation of all allegations of mine use.

· All states to actively participate in discussions throughout the 12MSP, in particular on the following key issues: treaty compliance; new extension requests for clearance deadlines; mined areas discovered after the treaty deadline has passed; slow or lack of progress on stockpile destruction, land clearance and victim assistance.

Campaign Tools


The One-Month Countdown is a global action of the ICBL with the aims of promoting implementation and universalization of the Mine Ban Treaty in the lead up to the 12MSP and active participation by government representatives at the 12MSP. Click here to download the Countdown in English.

The Memo for Government Delegates provides guidance on key issues pertinent to the 12MSP and practical information for government delegates to prepare and actively participate in the meeting. Click here to download the Memo in English, in French and in Spanish.

ICBL’s slogan for the 12MSP is “Act Today for a Mine-Free Tomorrow”. Click here to download the ICBL 12MSP 'Act today for a mine-free tomorrow' logo.

View or download the leaflet introducing the ICBL - perfect for people who don't know about us yet! The leaflet is also available in French, and will be available in Spanish and Arabic shortly.

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This report was posted on November 25, 2012.