Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)
Throughout 2011, the GICHD land release unit provided advice and support to the Australian Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament, which is also the Friend of the CCM President on Clearance. The support resulted in a document on efficient survey and clearance of unexploded submunitions. In September 2011, Australia presented the document during the Second Meeting of States Parties in Beirut, Lebanon, and it was endorsed by the state parties of the conventions.
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)
At the November 2007 Eighth Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC), a discussion was held about practical ways to overcome challenges in implementing Article 5 of the Convention, including the challenges associated with imprecise and grossly overestimated areas that have been reported as mined. The final report on this meeting highlighted the value that the States Parties place on the use of the full range of practical methods, in order to more rapidly release areas suspected of containing mines. The Ninth Meeting of States Parties went on to more clearly describe non-technical survey, technical survey and clearance approaches. A paper on land release submitted by Norway and endorsed by the state parties to the convention, describes the methods of cancelling and releasing land that have been identified as containing, or are suspected of containing, mines.
It also mentions that:
Applying all available methods to achieve the full, efficient and expedient implementation of Article 5 PDF 128KB