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Amended Protocol II

Article 13 of Amended Protocol II provides for a conference of High Contracting Parties to the Protocol to be held annually for the purpose of consultations and cooperation on all issues relating to the Protocol.

Pursuant to the relevant decision of the 2013 Fifteenth Annual Conference (Geneva, 13 November 2013), the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II will be held on 12 November 2014 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The Conference will be presided by Ms. Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of Finland and she will be assisted by three Vice-Presidents representing Albania, China and Guatemala.

The Conference will review the status and operation of the Protocol and consider 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. The Conference will also consider the issue on Improvised Explosive Devices.

The Conference will consider, in particular, the work of the informal open-ended Group of Experts, established by the Tenth Annual Conference, which will take place on 1 and 2 April 2014.

More information on the Sixteenth Annual Conference will follow soon.

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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

A draft Compilation was first circulated on 5 April 2012 by the Co-Coordinators on IEDs and was discussed by the Group of Experts. The Group welcomed the draft and supported its dissemination. Subsequently, the Fourteenth Annual Conference requested the Implementation Support Unit to disseminate the Compilation and, in consultation with the Coordinators and the High Contracting Parties, to maintain the Compilation on an ongoing basis, including updating it as new relevant guidelines, best practices, recommendations and other comments are published.

The High Contracting Parties are invited to update the Compilation at any moment. Please contact the ISU for any assistance on this matter.

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