Palais des Nations, Geneva, 7 - 8 April 2016
Information for States parties, observer States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations
The Amended Protocol II Group of Experts took place on 7 and 8 April 2016.
Mr. Janis Karklins, Ambassador of Latvia, was the Chairperson-designate of the Eighteenth Annual Conference. He oversaw the work of the Group of Experts. Here is the Letter by the President-designate on National annual reporting
, and the Letter on the preparations for the meeting of the Group of Experts
and the annotated programme of work
The mandate of the Group of Experts was decided by the Seventeenth Annual Conference in 2015. The main focus of the 2016 Group of Experts are:
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 F: "Other relevant matters."
- to consider the "Guide to reporting" of Form F in light of developments and progress achieved in the field of mine action since the adoption of the Protocol.
The Seventeenth Annual Conference (2015) decided that:
(a) The High Contracting Parties request the Implementation Support Unit, in consultation with the Coordinators and the High Contracting Parties, to maintain, update and keep available on the CCW website 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 improvised explosive devices, on an ongoing basis as new relevant information is published;
(b) Following the work done during the 2015 meeting of experts, the Group of Experts shall continue to narrow and sharpen voluntary information exchange on national measures and best practices on, inter alia, the following remaining topics:
• support measures to prevent the diversion of explosives for use in improvised explosive devices,
• enhance 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, and 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 organizations.
(c) As regards to the possibility of an information exchange database, portal or platform as a voluntary tool to improve information sharing on the diversion and illicit use of improvised explosive devices and materials that can be used for improvised explosive devices, as well as on other means of reducing the threat of improvised explosive devices, the Group of Experts shall continue, consistent with the scope of Amended Protocol II, to keep informed, inter alia, on the development of the AXON database project, as well as any new initiative in this field;
(d) With respect to the questionnaire agreed by consensus by the Group of Experts during its 2015 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, circulated on 10 July under the reference CCW/AP.II/CONF.17/WP.1, the High Contracting Parties request the Implementation Support Unit, in consultation with the Coordinators and the High Contracting Parties, to:
• Continue to gather answers received and make them available to High Contracting Parties and relevant agreed international organizations through the specific and protected file available on the CCW website;
• Continue to compile the contact details of the national authorities designated by each High Contracting Party for Counter-IED cooperation, and make this list available on the CCW website; and
• Prepare a summary and analysis of the answers received for the next meeting of the Group of Experts, as a first assessment of the exercise.
(e) With regards to the forthcoming 2016 Review Conference of the CCW, the High Contracting Parties request the President-designate under Amended Protocol II, together with the Coordinators of the Group of Experts and the Implementation Support Unit, to work together and start consultations on possible options for future decisions to be made during the Review Conference, with a view to discuss concrete options during the next meeting of the Group of Experts.
Letters by the Coordinators:
- Preparations for the discussion on the Operation and Status of APII
- Preparation for the discussion on Improvised Explosive Devices
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:
Statements and presentations
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||Statement|
|OPERATION AND STATUS OF THE PROTOCOL|
|IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES (IEDs)|
|Republic of Korea||Statement|
|IACG-MA (delivered by UNMAS)||Statement|
|Information exchange: national measures and best practices on supporting measures to prevent the diversion of explosives for use in IEDs; enhancing information sharing on detection and counter measures techniques|
|Discussion on the possibility of an IED database, portal or platform to improve information sharing|
|Consideration of a Questionnaire on national counter-IED frameworks and a first assessment of the responses received|
|Compilation of existing guidelines and best practices aiming at addressing the diversion of illicit use of materials that can be used for IEDs|
|The way ahead|
|WRAP UP BY PRESIDENT|