Support to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit's 2006-2007 workplan
At the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's First Review Conference in 2004, it was noted that a greater emphasis must be placed on improving the quality of life of landmine survivors in the 24 States Parties which have indicated that they hold the responsibility for significant numbers of survivors. Since 2004, the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), in a manner consistent with the priorities of the Co-Chairs of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Standing Committee on Victim Assistance, has supported States Parties in their articulation of: (a) concrete victim assistance objectives by 2009; (b) plans to achieve these objectives; and (c) means to implement these plans.
In 2006-2007, Austria will serve as a Co-Chair of this Standing Committee. A significant investment has been made to date, but the activities must continue to ensure a return on these investments and to produce meaningful results in time for the 2009 Second Review Conference. Against this backdrop, the Austrian contribution to the Anti-Personnel (AP) Mine Ban Convention¿s Implementation Support Unit's (ISU) 2006-2007 workplan will enable to support the 24 States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention, which have indicated that they hold the responsibility for significant numbers of landmine survivors, in their efforts to overcome a variety of challenges, including the integration of victim assistance into broader development and disability contexts.