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    UNIS/MA/197
    15 December 2017

    Reissued as received

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    European Union Council Decision in support of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

    VIENNA/GENEVA  - New reports indicate that after a decade of steady decline, the number of landmine victims has increased sharply, largely affecting civilians, and disproportionally, children.

    The implementation of a global comprehensive ban on landmines and assistance to survivors is as relevant as ever. In that framework, and in the margins of a global landmine meeting taking place in Vienna, the European Union will launch a Council Decision to support states parties to the anti-landmine treaty, to better determine the challenges they face in meeting the goal of a 2025 mine-free. The European Union and its Member States are the second largest contributors to mine-action in the world.

    What:  European Union Council Decision in support of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

    When: Tuesday 19 December, 12:00

    Where: Room M5, M-Building, Vienna International Centre

    Who: Jacek Bylica, EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament

    Prince Mired of Jordan, Special Envoy of the Convention for the Promotion of the International Ban on Landmines

    Saša Obradović, Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre

    Emad Al-Juhaishi, Mission of Iraq to the UN in Geneva

    Amélie Chayer, Acting Director of the 1997 Nobel Peace co-Laureate, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

    Moderator: Juan Carlos Ruan, Director of the Conventions' Secretariat

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    Press note

    Media representatives who wish to attend the conference but are not accredited to the UN in Vienna, should write to press[at]unvienna.org

    For more information contact Laila Rodriguez-Bloch, press@apminebanconvention.org, +41 22 730 93 66 / +41 79 853 5905.

    More information about the global landmine meeting in Vienna is available here