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UNODA Occasional Papers No. 34

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention - Twenty Years of Saving Lives and Preventing Indiscriminate Harm

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This publication describes the achievements and shortfalls of the first twenty years of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, which entered into force on 1 March 1999. Published with the aim of bringing together diverse perspectives on this key instrument of humanitarian disarmament, the paper was written by pioneers and luminaries of the movement that helped achieve the Convention and that committed themselves towards realizing the Convention’s full implementation. Each chapter contains discussions of an element of the Convention.

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The anti-personnel mine ban Convention: The importance of transparency and exchange of information and opportunities under the Convention

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention has been hailed as one of the most successful humanitarian disarmament conventions. Apart from the personal efforts of a number of people representing Governments, international organizations and non--governmental organizations that have, both figuratively and literally, given their blood, sweat and tears for the Convention’s implementation, its success can be attributed to its established culture, which is underpinned by unprecedented transparency and exchange of information. The drafters of the Convention and those tasked with its implementation over the past 20 years should be credited with establishing an implementation structure that has nurtured these principles and ensured a spirit of community in achieving the determination of the States parties in “putting an end to the suffering and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines”.

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