|Three staff attended Maputo Summit: (from right) Bashir BAASER from Afghanistan Office, Harumi KAWAGOE from Sudan Office, and Masumi HONDA from Tokyo Office (June 23, 2014)|
The Ottawa Treaty bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines outright and requires the States Parties to destroy their stockpiles and clear buried mines. Since the treaty entered into force in 1999, 161 nations, including Japan, have ratified or signed the treaty as of July 2014. The review conference is held every five years to examine the results and progress of the matters provided in the treaty, as well as to adopt action plans for the next five years. Fifteen years after the treaty came into effect, the third review conference took place this year, following the previous two conferences in Nairobi and Cartagena.
AAR Japan sent staff who are involved in mine action: Bashir BAASER from Afghanistan Kabul Office, Harumi KAWAGOE from Sudan Khartoum Office, and Masumi HONDA from Tokyo Office. Government officials and observers including international NGO, civil society groups and mine victims all gathered, and the conference hall was filled with enthusiasm.
About the Host Country Mozambique
Mozambique, the host country of the recent conference was among the most affected by mines until recent years; a result of the War of Independence that lasted from the 1960s, and the civil war that started shortly after the country's independence in 1974. When the Mozambican government began its mine action in 1993, a profusion of mines had been buried across the nation; and it seemed as though a complete clearance was unachievable. Nonetheless, the country announced its plan to complete the mine clearance by the end of 2014, and it has become a model of successful mine action and now gives hopes to other nations with severe mine problems.
"Mine-Free World" By 2025!
|Photo taken at the review conference (June 23, 2014)|
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|Harumi and Bashir gave a presentation at a side event (June 25, 2014)|
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