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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)
  • The High Contracting Parties note the compilation of existing guidelines, best practices and other recommendations aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials that can be used for IEDs, currently posted on the CCW website, and request that the Implementation Support Unit, in consultation with the Coordinator and the High Contracting Parties, maintain and update the compilation on an ongoing basis as new relevant guidelines, best practices, recommendations and other comments are published;
  • 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.


DOCUMENTATION





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:


Show details for Operation and Status of Amended Protocol IIOperation and Status of Amended Protocol II
Show details for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Statements and presentations

Operation and status
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs - Information exchange
PREVIOUS SESSIONS OF THE GROUP OF EXPERTS


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DATE AND VENUE

1 and 2 April 2014, Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva.

Ms. Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of Finland, was the Chairperson-designate of the Sixteenth 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 Fifteenth Annual Conference in 2013. The main focus of the 2014 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 D, "Legislation related to the Protocol."
  • to consider the "Guide to reporting" of Form D 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 information exchange on IEDs, IED incidents, their prevention, including public awareness and/or risk education campaigns, and their humanitarian effects, 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 APII, developing best practices aimed at helping to address the threat of IEDs, including by:
  • exploring the possibility of an information exchange database, portal or platform as a tool for improving information sharing on the diversion and illicit use of material that can be used for IEDs and other means of reducing the threat of IEDs;
  • examining ways to reduce the risk of military munitions stocks, explosive remnants of war, or commercial explosive stocks being used for IEDs;
  • promoting international cooperation and assistance to help strengthen national capacities of High Contracting Parties, when requested, to address the IED threat;
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; and
  • to continue discussions on victim assistance so that those providing assistance bear in mind the 2008 Plan of Action on Victim Assistance of Protocol V and the principles of age- and gender-sensitive medical care, rehabilitation, psychological support, and adequate assistance for social and economic inclusion in a non-discriminatory manner.


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.

Ms. Namdi Payne of Australia is Coordinator on Improvised Explosive Devices, who is assisted by Capt. (Navy) Erwan Roche of France as Co-Coordinator.


DOCUMENTATION



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:


Show details for Operation and Status of Amended Protocol IIOperation and Status of Amended Protocol II
Show details for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Statements and presentations

Operation and status
Coordinator
UNMAS
Ukraine
Russian Federation
Canada
USA
Norway
Jordan
China
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs - Information exchange
Coordinator
Small Arms Survey
AOAV/INEW
France
World Customs Organization
Lebanon
United Kingdom
UNMAS
Pakistan
China
Republic of Korea
France
Germany
Austria
IEDs - Database
Australia
Break-out small groups:
Coordinator
Group 1 Rapporteur (Canada)
Group 2 Rapporteur (Spain)
Group 3 Rapporteur (UK)
Belarus
Germany
China
Russian Federation
Pakistan
IEDs - Reducing the risk
GICHD
USA JIEDDO
France
UN Security Council
Belgium
France
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Belarus
Argentina
Break-out small groups:
Group 1 Rapporteur (Croatia)
Group 2 Rapporteur (Netherlands)
Group 3 Rapporteur (Austria)
India
Pakistan
IEDs - International cooperation & assistance
Lebanon
Canada
Germany
Optima Group
Nigeria
India
Russian Federation
China
MAG
IEDs - Victim assistance
UNDP
Cambodia
Colombia
Wrap-up (the way ahead)
China
Belarus
United Kingdom
Closing remarks
Poland




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