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BACKGROUND

This page contains information on the mandate, structure and activities of the Amended Protocol II Group of Experts - an informal implementation mechanism established by the Tenth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II (Geneva, 12 November 2008), as stipulated in paragraphs 23 and 24 of its Final Document, CCW/AP.II/CONF.10/2, as follows:

"[T]o establish an informal open-ended Group of Experts.

[...] The work of the Group of Experts shall be considered by the [...] Annual Conference. "


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2015 Group of Experts

Palais des Nations, Geneva, 9 and 10 April


The Amended Protocol II Group of Experts will take place on 9 and 10 April 2015. Here is the letter on registration for the Group of Experts.

Mr. Raimonds Jansons, Ambassador of Latvia, is the Chairperson-designate of the Seventeenth Annual Conference. Here is the Letter by the President-designate on National annual reporting, and the Letter on the preparations for the Group of Experts.

The mandate of the Group of Experts was decided by the Sixteenth Annual Conference in 2014. The main focus of the 2015 Group of Experts are:


Operation and status of the Protocol
  • to review the operation and status of the Protocol and consider matters arising from the national annual reports, as well as the development of technologies to protect civilians against indiscriminate effects of mines.
  • to analyze the implementation by the States parties of their obligation to submit national annual reports and shall study their content, focusing on the information submitted in Form E: “Measures taken on international technical information exchange, on international cooperation on mine clearance, and on technical cooperation and assistance”.
  • to consider the "Guide to reporting" of Form E in light of developments and progress achieved in the field of mine action since the adoption of the Protocol.



Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • to continue to narrow and sharpen information exchange on national measures and best practices on one or several of the following topics:
    (i) prevent the diversion of commercial grade explosives for use in IEDs;
    (ii) prevent the diversion of commercially-available detonators and other non- explosive materials of elements from being used in IEDs;
    (iii) raising public awareness and/or risk education campaigns; and/or
    (iv) enhance voluntary information sharing on detection and counter measures techniques, in light of the significance of the CCW framework, its norms and implementation with respect to the IED threat;
  • to continue, consistent with the scope of Amended Protocol II, developing best practices aimed at helping to address the diversion or illicit use of materials that can be used for IEDs, including by:
    (i) considering a one-time questionnaire, which would be voluntary in nature, on national counter-IED frameworks, which, if agreed by consensus, would be circulated after the Group of Experts meeting with a view to enhancing international cooperation and assistance and strengthening national capacities of High Contracting Parties, including through the establishment of a network of national points of contact; and
    (ii) exploring the possibility of an information exchange database, portal or platform as a voluntary tool to improve information sharing, among a network of national and any other agreed points of contact, on the diversion and illicit use of material that can be used for IEDs and other means of reducing the threat of IEDs,
    while bearing in mind commercial confidentiality, national security requirements, the legitimate interests in trade of such materials; and taking into account existing and related work of international and regional organisations, including those referred to in the compilation.


COORDINATORS

Mr. David Puzstai of Hungary is Coordinator on the Operation and status of the Protocol; matters arising from reports by the High Contracting Parties according to Article 13 (4) of APII, as well as the development of technologies to protect civilians against indiscriminate effects of mines.

Capt. (Navy) Erwan Roche of France is Coordinator on Improvised Explosive Devices, who is assisted by Mr. Igor Moldovan of the Republic of Moldova as Co-Coordinator.


REGISTRATION


Letter on Registration by the ISU (6 February 2015)

Registration Form for delegates participating in the meeting of the Group of Experts


DOCUMENTATION


Programme of Work for the Protocol V and Amended Protocol II Meetings of Experts;

Letter by the President-designate on the preparations for the meeting of the Group of Experts (20 February 2015);

Letter by the Coordinator on the Operation and status of the Protocol on preparations for the discussion (20 February 2015)

First Letter by the Coordinator and Co-Coordinator on IEDs on the overall preparation for the discussion on IEDs (30 January 2015);

Second Letter by the Coordinator and Co-Coordinator on IEDs on the Questionnaire (6 February 2015);

Third Letter by the Coordinator and Co-Coordinator on IEDs on The Way Ahead (5 March 2015);

The Questionnaire on IEDs in French (unofficial translation);

The Questionnaire on IEDs in Russian (unofficial translation);



IN-SESSION PRESENTATIONS

To see the presentations that were delivered by the experts during the Group of Experts, which have been submitted to the Secretariat, please click below:


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Thursday, 9 April

The development of technologies to protect civilians

The HALO Trust Technical Challenges in Humanitarian Clearance of Anti-Vehicle Mines: A Field Perspective
Mr.Calvin Ruysen, Desk Officer, Southern Africa Region



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Statements and presentations

Operation and status
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs - Information exchange

Side event

Thursday, 9 April, 13:15 - 14:45, Conference Room XXIII, IEDs: A Challenge for Mine Action? Hosted by Latvia and France









PREVIOUS SESSIONS OF THE GROUP OF EXPERTS


Show details for 2014 session of the Group of Experts2014 session of the Group of Experts

Show details for 2013 session of the Group of Experts2013 session of the Group of Experts
Show details for 2012 session of the Group of Experts2012 session of the Group of Experts

Show details for 2011 session of the Group of Experts2011 session of the Group of Experts
Show details for 2010 session of the Group of Experts2010 session of the Group of Experts
Show details for 2009 session of the Group of Experts2009 session of the Group of Experts

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