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The Third Review Conference of the States Parties (Maputo, Mozambique, 23 - 27 June 2014) agreed that, beginning in 2015, a Meeting of the States Parties will be convened each year at the end of November or beginning of December until the end of 2018 and that informal intersessional meetings will be held each year, preferably after the 30 April deadline for submitting transparency information, and that they could comprise a thematic segment and a preparatory segment.

The 2017 Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties decided that the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties (17MSP) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, during the week of 26 to 30 November 2018.

Pursuant to resolution 72/53 of the General Assembly of the United Nations and in accordance with the established practice, the Secretary-General of the United Nations is undertaking all preparations necessary to convene the 17MSP. Accordingly, a note verbale by the Secretary-General on convening the 17MSP was circulated, as follows:


Financial Issues

The Convention faced a serious cash shortfall that endangered the holding of the 2016 - 2017 annual meetings of the States parties and required extraordinary measures such as reduced translation of official documentation, papersmart meeting arrangements, additional financial and in-kind support from the host country (Chile), etc. The main reasons for this financial situation are as follows:

(i) the growing outstanding unpaid balances for previous meetings (2001-2015), often masked in the past by the overpayments made by other States resulting in overall positive cash balances;
(ii) the excess costs due to fact the 2015 Fourteenth meeting had higher than expected expenditure resulting in additional bills;
(iii) the average speed at which States are settling invoices (that has slowed down for current meetings compared to previous years).

According the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, all funds for extra budgetary activities supported by the United Nations much be received in advance, before any funds are committed for these events.

In reaction to the serious financial situation faced by the Convention, at their meeting in 2016, the States parties “... underlined the importance to ensure full compliance with article 14 obligations [...]. called upon the States Parties and States not parties participating in the meetings to address issues arising from outstanding dues and from recently implemented United Nations financial accounting practices, [and] requested the States Parties and States not parties participating in the meetings of the States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment invoices have been received from the United Nations.”.

To see the current financial status of the Convention (as of 30 September 2018), please click here.
To see the 2017 final expenditures per country, please click here.
To see the 2018 assessment per country, please click here.

Date and Venue

The Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction will take place from 26 to 30 November 2018 in Geneva. The Meeting will be held in conference room XVIII, 1st floor, E-Building of the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, Avenue de la Paix 8-14, 1211 Geneva 10.

Registration

All participants must be registered. Kindly note that formal credentials are not required for this Meeting.

States parties wishing to participate should send, through their Permanent Mission, a note verbale to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs informing on their intention to participate in the Meeting and listing all participants, with indication of full name and title of the members of the delegation. The head of delegation should be clearly indicated.

States not parties wishing to participate as observers should send, through their Permanent Mission, a note verbale to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs informing on their intention to participate in the Meeting and listing all participants, with indication of full name and title of the members of the delegation. The head of delegation should be clearly indicated.

The United Nations Secretariat, UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, WFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Sovereign Order of Malta, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining wishing to participate as observers should send a letter to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs stating their interest to participate in the Meeting and listing all participants, with indication of full name and title of the members of the delegation. The head of delegation should be clearly indicated.

Other non-profit international organizations or institutions, regional organizations and non-governmental organizations, the purpose and activities of which are consistent with the object and purpose of the Convention, wishing to participate as observers should send a letter stating the organization’s interest in participating and requesting an observer status. The letters should list the names and titles of the members of the delegation and clearly indicate the head of delegation. Observer status will be considered by the Coordinating Committee and will be granted by a decision of the Meeting at its opening session on 26 November.

The registration of the representatives of non-governmental organizations, which are members of the ICBL, is done by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Members of these organizations wishing to participate should contact directly ICBL.

All official notifications should be forwarded, if possible, no later than Friday, 23 November 2018 to
APLC Secretariat, Seventeenth Meeting of States Parties
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (Geneva Branch)
Palais des Nations, office C-113.1
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail: aplc@unog.ch

Access to the Palais des Nations

Valid United Nations grounds passes (issued either by the United Nations Office at Geneva or the United Nations Headquarters in New York) are required to entry the Palais des Nations.

Participants already possessing a United Nations badge may proceed directly to the meeting room.

Participants who do not have United Nations badge need to register through Indico at https://reg.unog.ch .

Participants who have already registered for a previous meeting at the United Nations Office at Geneva, can simply log in to their existing account in Indico and register for the 17MSP.

Participants registering for the first time will need to upload a scanned copy of their passport or national identification card and a passport-quality photo. All participants will need to upload a copy of the registration note verbale or registration letter. If the requested documents are not attached, the system will reject the application. A user guide is available for reference. For any additional queries, please contact aplc@un.org.

Once a registration is approved in Indico, the participant will be notified automatically and can pick up his/her badge from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des nations (see map below), which is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Key dates in 2018

27 FebruaryThird Pledging Conference for the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Geneva, 15:00 hours, conference room XII, UNOG
1 March 19th Anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Convention
4 AprilInternational Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
30 AprilDeadlines for all States parties to submit article 7 annual transparency reports covering calendar year 2017
7 - 8 June 2018 intersessional meetings, Geneva
SeptemberInformation meeting on the Seventeenth Meeting of the States parties, Geneva
18 SeptemberTwenty-first anniversary of the adoption of the Convention
26 - 30 NovemberSeventeenth Meeting of the States parties, Geneva, conference room XVIII
3 December International Day of Persons with disabilities


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