EU commits to full implementation of the Ottawa Convention

A mine field in Israel A mine field in Israel © Photo by David L on Pixabay

In Focus by Alessia Rossinotti; Editor: Alexander Collin

The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted a decision in support of the Oslo Action Plan for the implementation of the 1997 Ottawa Convention. The Convention seeks to eliminate anti-personnel mines worldwide. The European Union will provide 2.6 million € over a four-year period, in order to contribute to the full implementation of the Oslo Action Plan 2020-2024. The plan was adopted during the fourth review conference of the Convention in 2019, and aims to promote the universalization of the Convention and support countries in developing stakeholder dialogue.

The Ottawa Convention, known in full as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, is based on customary rules of international humanitarian law. It was drafted following the adoption of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 51/45S, which called on States to conclude a new international agreement prohibiting anti-personnel mines. To date, it has 164 State parties, but remains unsigned by China, Russia, and the United States.


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