Contribution to Int'l Campaign to Ban Landmines 2010
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was formally launched in 1992 with three basic goals: a total ban on antipersonnel landmines, increased resources for mine action, and increased resources for survivor assistance.
Since the Mine Ban Convention, or Mine Ban Treaty, entered into force in 1999, the ICBL has been advocating for universal adherence to and compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty.
In recent years, there have now also been initiatives and political commitments to ban other landmine-like weapons, i.e. cluster munitions. The Cluster Munitions Coalition, of which ICBL is a member, has been ratified by a number of states and will enter into force on 1 August 2010.
Austria, due to its longstanding political commitment to the Mine Ban Treaty, has been continuously supporting the ICBL, and is now also committed to supporting the Ban on Cluster Munitions.
The key aim of the ICBL in 2010 is to pursue its work to stop further casualties from antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions and to assist survivors.
Activities to achieve this goal include:
1) ensuring States Parties fully comply with all their obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty,
2) ensuring further universalization of the Mine Ban Treaty by bringing on board new States Parties;
3) contributing to the universalization campaign of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and preparation of its First Meeting of the States Parties, in Lao PDR, in late 2010;
4) working toward a merger with the Cluster Munition Coalition in 2011.