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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);

The QUESTIONNAIRE on IEDs as agreed by the Group of Experts on 10 April 2015


The Letter from the Coordinator and Co-Coordinator submitting the Questionnaire to States Parties

The deadline for submitting the responses to the Questionnaire is Friday, 30 October 2015
Please submit your responses to the CCW Implementation Support Unit (ccw@unog.ch)


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:


Hide details for Operation and Status of Amended Protocol IIOperation and Status of Amended Protocol II

Thursday, 9 April

National Annual Reports

Analysis of Form E by the Coordinator

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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Thursday, 9 April

The humanitarian impact
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) The Impact of IEDs on Humanitarian Assistance
Mr. Iain Overton, Director of Policy and Investigations

The impact on the security of States
Mr. Emmanuel Dupuy


Friday, 10 April

Part 1: General updates on the IED threat

1267 Committee, UN Security Council

AFGHANISTAN - IEDs and Countering IEDs in Afghanistan
Mr. Mustafa Bahaduri, Ministry of the Interior

MALI - The IED threat and issues in Mali
General Kani Coulibaly Diabate

COLOMBIA
Lt. Col. Nelson Alfredo Goyeneche-Vanegas


Part 2: Detonataors

What types of detonators are used - military, civilian?

LATVIA - The different types of detonators used in IEDs
Capt. Oskars Lejnieks, Commander of EOD Coy., National Guard

UNMAS
Mr. Lionel Pechera, Expert, Mali

What are the existing international regulations with regard to the trade of detonators? What is possible in terms of marking and tracking?

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JIEDDO
Lt. Col. Bradley B. Preston

World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Shield Approach to Tracking and Reducing Nefarious Use of Detonators
Mr. Jeffrey Wickett


Part 3: IED awareness

Counter-IED Report
Mr. Robert Hyde-Bales

AUSTRALIA & INTERPOL - International C-IED Leaders' Forum 2015
Brigadier John Shanahan, ADF Counter-IED Task Force and Mr. Ian Rotsey, Chemical and Explosives Terrorism Prevention Unit, INTERPOL


The possibility of a database, portal or platform

AUSTRALIA & INTERPOL - AXON Project and Programme TEAL
Brigadier John Shanahan, ADF Counter-IED Task Force and Mr. Ian Rotsey, Chemical and Explosives Terrorism Prevention Unit, INTERPOL






Statements and presentations

UNIVERSALIZATION
Russian FederationText not available
GhanaText not available
KazakhstanText not available
CubaText not available
PakistanText not available
OPERATION AND STATUS
NARs
Analysis of Form EText
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES (IEDs)
The humanitarian and the security impact
CubaText not available
China Text not available
General exchange
European UnionText
TurkeyText not available
Republic of KoreaText not available
CanadaText not available
IndiaText not available
IraqText not available
ItalyText not available
UKText not available
GermanyText
CroatiaText
SpainText not available
ColombiaText
SwedenText not available
Russian FederationText not available
UgandaText
UNMASText not available
Questionnaire
SpainText not available
GermanyText not available
ChinaText not available
SwitzerlandText
Russian FederationText not available
Ireland Text not available
ColombiaText not available
Belarus Text not available
Information sharing: General update on IED threat
Peru
China
UkrainePresentation
Information sharing: Detonators
IraqText not available
CubaText not available
USAText
Information sharing: IED awareness
UNMASText
Information sharing: The possibility of a database platform or portal
UNMASText
GermanyText not available
ChinaText not available
The way ahead
ChinaText not available
USAText not available
Russian FederationText not available
SwitzerlandText not available
AustriaText not available
GermanyText
SpainText not available
AustraliaText not available


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


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DATE AND VENUE
8 and 9 April, Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva.


ISSUES UNDER DISCUSSION

Main focus of the 2013 Group of Experts:



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 C, "Technical requirements and relevant information."
  • to consider the "Guide to reporting" 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, and their humanitarian effects, in light of the significance of the CCW framework, its norms and implementation with respect to the IED threat.
  • to commence, consistent with the scope of APII, developing best practices aimed at helping to address the diversion or illicit use of materials that can be used for IEDs, focusing on ways States Parties can improve information sharing on international transfers and use of such materials and preventing their diversion for use in IEDs, while bearing in mind commercial confidentiality, national security requirements and legitimate interests in trade of such materials. The work carried out by international and regional organisations, as well as existing and related guidelines, best practices and recommendations, including those referred to in the compilation, should be taken into account.
  • to discuss international humanitarian law rules applicable to the use of IEDs, and share information on domestic implementation and prevention of violations of Amended Protocol II rules applicable to IEDs and on means to protect civilians from IEDs.
  • to continue to survey existing guidelines, best practices, and other recommendations and compile, for consideration of the High Contracting Parties, guidelines adding to existing work and aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials which can be used for IEDs.
  • to continue to follow the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) process and exchange views with the IATG technical review panel with a view to, where appropriate, contributing to the review and implementation of the guidelines with the aim of enhancing IED prevention.
  • 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

Ms. Namdi Payne of Australia is Coordinator on Improvised Explosive Devices, who is assisted by Mr. Laurent Masmejean of Switzerland as Co-Coordinator;

The issue on the operation and status of the Protocol; on matters arising from reports by High Contracting Parties according to paragraph 4 of Article 13 of Amended Protocol II, as well as development of technologies to protect civilians against indiscriminate effects of mines was under the overall responsibility of the President.

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
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