The GICHD, in collaboration with its partners in Africa, organised yearly seminars for Francophone national actors involved in mine and ERW action.
These seminars have four key objectives:
- to mobilise Francophone national actors for the effective implementation of instruments of international humanitarian law, in particular the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Amended Protocol II and Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons;
- to bring together the national actors and French-speaking experts from international organisations and NGOs;
- to improve these actors’ capacities to establish and implement effective and coherent programmes on mines and ERW within appropriate national structures, and to integrate these activities into their countries’ development policies;
- to promote exchange and cooperation between actors in Francophone mine-affected countries and support the emergence of Francophone centres of expertise on the international scene.