A number of international law and standards pertain to mines, cluster munitions, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and ammunition stockpiles.

The main international treaties linked to mine action are:

Other laws relating to mine action have a broader or different focus, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) contributes to the development and implementation of instruments of international law that address the problem of explosive hazards through technical, logistical and administrative support.

Expert contributions

The GICHD provides expert input to facilitate informed discussions and negotiations during meetings on humanitarian disarmament such as Meetings of States Parties, Review Conferences, Intersessional Meetings and Meetings of Experts, etc.

Hosting and supporting the Implementation Support Unit

The APMBC Implementation Support Unit (ISU-APMBC) was established in 2001. The ISU-APMBC derives its mandate from the States Parties and is hosted by the GICHD, which provides it with administrative and logistical support.

Conference management and sponsorship programmes

Each year, the GICHD provides administrative and logistical support to the APMBC and CCM Intersessional Work Programmes. The GICHD also administers the Sponsorship Programmes of the APMBC, the CCW and CCM-Intersessionals. The Sponsorship Programmes are designed to strengthen the implementation of these instruments, promote universalisation and ensure widespread participation in related meetings.