Group of Experts
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. "
PREVIOUS SESSIONS OF THE GROUP OF EXPERTS
2012 session of the Group of Experts
DATE AND VENUE
Monday, 23 April and Tuesday, 24 April 2012, Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva.
ISSUES UNDER DISCUSSION
Main focus of the 2012 Group of Experts:
Operation and status of the Protocol
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
- 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 B, “Mine clearance and rehabilitation programmes.”
- to continue information exchange on IEDs, IED incidents, their humanitarian effects, their prevention, as well as on the significance of the CCW framework, its norms and their implementation with respect to the IED threat.
- 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.
- Mr. Jesus S. Domingo of the Philippines, Coordinator 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;
- Mr. Philip Kimpton of Australia, Coordinator on Improvised Explosive Devices, assisted by Mr. Reto Wollenmann of Switzerland as Co-Coordinator
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs):
Compilation of existing guidelines, best practices, and other recommendations aimed at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials which can be used for IEDs
To see a Compilation of existing guidelines, best practices, and other recommendations aimed at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials which can be used for IEDs, please click here
. The High Contracting Parties are invited to update the Compilation at any moment.
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:
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
2011 session of the Group of Experts
2010 session of the Group of Experts
2009 session of the Group of Experts
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