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2013 Session of the Group of Experts



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

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