National Annual Reports (NAR)
Scope and content of NAR
Amended Protocol II, Article 13, paragraph 4, stipulates the following:
"The High Contracting Parties shall provide annual reports to the Depositary, who shall circulate them to all High Contracting Parties in advance of the Conference, on any of the following matters:
- dissemination of information on this Protocol to their armed forces and to the civilian population;
- mine clearance and rehabilitation programmes;
- steps taken to meet technical requirements of this Protocol and any other relevant information pertaining thereto;
- legislation related to this Protocol;
- measures taken on international technical information exchange, on international cooperation on mine clearance, and on technical cooperation and assistance; and
- other relevant matters."
Article 11, paragraph 2, stipulates the following:
"Each High Contracting Party undertakes to provide information to the database on mine clearance established within the United Nations system, especially information concerning various means and technologies of mine clearance, and lists of experts, expert agencies or national points of contact on mine clearance."
Deadline for submission
The Twelfth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II held in November 2010 decided to synchronize the submission of national annual reports under Article 13, paragraph 4, of Amended Protocol II, with the submission of national reports under CCW Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War, as stipulated in its Final Document, CCW/AP.II/CONF.12/6, paragraph 26:
"The submission date for both reports shall be set at 31 March of every year to allow for their consideration by the Group of Experts. Against this background, the next National Annual Reports are due by 31 March 2011, and on an exceptional basis will only cover the period from September 2010 to 31 December 2010 (after the submission of the previous report). Thereafter, the reporting period shall cover 1 January to 31 December of each year."
Therefore, the relevant recommendation of the First Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II held in December 1999, which stipulates that National Annual Reports should be submitted no later than eight weeks prior to the respective Annual Conference, is no longer valid. At the time, this date was set with the purpose to secure the availability of National Annual Reports to all participants ahead of forthcoming annual conferences.
Wherever possible, reports should be submitted electronically in at least one of the official languages of the Convention using the following Reporting Forms which were recommended for use at the First Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties:
Furthermore, the Fifth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II decided, inter alia,
to simplify the submission of the National Annual Report. Under this arrangement, when the information to be provided in one or some of the reporting forms is the same as in past reports, the following
cover page (summary sheet) could be used instead of submitting detailed forms. Therefore, when using the summary sheet, only forms which contain new information would need to be submitted.
Guide to Reporting
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