Coincidentally, the Forum was founded on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the ICBL
and 2017 marks the 20 years of the Ottawa Treaty, for which Canadian diplomats and civil society received much praise.
Before the ICBL
campaign across the world, 20000 people were getting killed every year in land mine explosions," Puangsuwan said.
said 4,286 people were killed by landmines worldwide last year — or nearly 12 deaths a day, compared to 32 in 2001.
calls on all parties to the conflict in Libya to prohibit the use
In less than ten years, antipersonnel mines have been stigmatized as an unacceptable weapon worldwide, including for countries that remain outside of the treaty", said Sylvie Brigot, Executive Director of the ICBL
Although there are thought to be at least 2,720 mine and explosive remnants of war survivors in Lebanon, victim assistance programs fall short of expectations, ICBL
said, citing a similar global trend.
the grassroots, anonymous participants in the ICBL
[International Campaign to Ban Landmines] were largely women.
The 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL
), Jody Williams spoke to delegates as the keynote of the Congress, relating her experiences in starting ICBL
volunteers organized marches, and public meetings; they lobbied politicians and picketed companies making the landmines; they wrote letters and built links to nongovernmental organizations all over the world.
It's good news coming on the first day of our meeting here,'' ICBL
coordinator Liz Bernstein told Kyodo News.
warns that despite success in achieving a ban, "a global mine crisis remains and there is still a lot to be done before we live in a mine-free world".
coordinator Liz Bernstein says the general trend is toward a lessening of the scale of devastation, thanks to the Mine Ban Treaty and other ban movements.