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2014 Session of the Group of Experts



DATE AND VENUE

1 and 2 April 2014, Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva.

Ms. Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador of Finland, was the Chairperson-designate of the Sixteenth Annual Conference. Here is the Letter by the President-designate on National annual reporting, and the Letter on the preparations for the Group of Experts.

The mandate of the Group of Experts was decided by the Fifteenth Annual Conference in 2013. The main focus of the 2014 Group of Experts are:


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 D, "Legislation related to the Protocol."
  • to consider the "Guide to reporting" of Form D 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, including public awareness and/or risk education campaigns, and their humanitarian effects, in light of the significance of the CCW framework, its norms and implementation with respect to the IED threat.
  • to continue, consistent with the scope of APII, developing best practices aimed at helping to address the threat of IEDs, including by:
  • exploring the possibility of an information exchange database, portal or platform as a tool for improving information sharing on the diversion and illicit use of material that can be used for IEDs and other means of reducing the threat of IEDs;
  • examining ways to reduce the risk of military munitions stocks, explosive remnants of war, or commercial explosive stocks being used for IEDs;
  • promoting international cooperation and assistance to help strengthen national capacities of High Contracting Parties, when requested, to address the IED threat;
  • while 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 organisations, including those referred to in the compilation; and
  • 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

Mr. David Puzstai of Hungary is Coordinator on the Operation and status of the Protocol; matters arising from reports by the High Contracting Parties according to Article 13 (4) of APII, as well as the development of technologies to protect civilians against indiscriminate effects of mines.

Ms. Namdi Payne of Australia is Coordinator on Improvised Explosive Devices, who is assisted by Capt. (Navy) Erwan Roche of France as Co-Coordinator.



DOCUMENTATION




IN-SESSION PRESENTATIONS

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:


Show details for Operation and Status of Amended Protocol IIOperation and Status of Amended Protocol II
Show details for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Statements and presentations

Operation and status
CoordinatorAudio
UNMASAudio
UkraineAudio1 Audio2
Russian Federation Audio
CanadaAudio
USAAudio
NorwayAudio
JordanAudio
ChinaAudio
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs - Information exchange
CoordinatorAudio
Small Arms SurveyAudio
AOAV/INEWAudio
FranceAudio1 Audio2
World Customs OrganizationAudio
LebanonAudio
United KingdomAudio
UNMASAudio
PakistanAudio
ChinaAudio
Republic of KoreaAudio
FranceAudio
GermanyAudio
AustriaAudio
IEDs - Database
AustraliaAudio1 Audio2
Break-out small groups:
CoordinatorAudio
Group 1 Rapporteur (Canada)Audio
Group 2 Rapporteur (Spain)Audio
Group 3 Rapporteur (UK)Audio
BelarusAudio
GermanyAudio
ChinaAudio
Russian FederationAudio
PakistanAudio
IEDs - Reducing the risk
GICHDAudio
USA JIEDDOAudio
FranceAudio
UN Security CouncilAudio
BelgiumAudio
France Audio
SwitzerlandAudio
United KingdomAudio
BelarusAudio
ArgentinaAudio
Break-out small groups:
Group 1 Rapporteur (Croatia) Audio
Group 2 Rapporteur (Netherlands)Audio
Group 3 Rapporteur (Austria)Audio
IndiaAudio
PakistanAudio1 Audio2
IEDs - International cooperation & assistance
LebanonAudio
CanadaAudio
GermanyAudio
Optima GroupAudio
NigeriaAudio
IndiaAudio
Russian FederationAudio
ChinaAudio
MAGAudio
IEDs - Victim assistance
UNDPAudio
CambodiaAudio
ColombiaAudio
Wrap-up (the way ahead)
ChinaAudio
BelarusAudio
United KingdomAudio
Closing remarks
PolandAudio