The GICHD, in collaboration with its partners in Africa, organises yearly seminars for Francophone national actors involved in mine and ERW action.
These seminars have four key objectives:
- Mobilising 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;
- Bringing together the national actors and French-speaking experts from international organisations and NGOs;
- Improving these actors’ capacities to establish and implement effective and coherent programmes on mines and ERW within appropriate national structures, and integrating these activities into their countries’ development policies;
- Promoting exchange and cooperation between actors in Francophone affected countries and supporting the emergence of Francophone centres of expertise on the international scene.