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2015 Meeting of Experts

The Protocol V Meeting of Experts will take place from 7 to 8 April 2015 in Geneva. The Meeting will be chaired by Mr. M. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador of Bangladesh, as President-designate of the Ninth Conference.

Below is a letter from the President-designate and the Programme of Work. The Programme of work includes Coordinators plans and questions for their respective sessions. Also set out below the proposed guidance for reporting on victim assistance:

- Letter from the President-designate

- Programme of Work

- Proposed guidance on victim assistance reporting

Presentations delivered during the 2015 Meeting of Experts

Clearance of ERW

- Coordinator on Clearance and Article 4
Brief on clearance and Article 4

ERW Clearance
Presented by Mikael Bold

- Belarus

- China
ERW Disposal Skills in China

- Greece

- Iraq
Challenges in clearance of ERWs at the desert areas in Iraq

- Latvia

- Belarus

- Ukraine
Introduction on Clearance
Humanitarian Demining and UXO Clearing of the Territory of Ukraine


- Ireland
Article 4

Article 4

Cooperation and Assistance

- Cambodia
Cooperation and assistance

- Lao PDR
Cooperation and assistance

- Republic of Moldova
Cooperation and assistance

NSPA Ammunition Support - Stockpile Management
Presented by SE Willason

Generic Preventive Measures

Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) in Somalia: Preliminary findings
Presented by Himayu Shiotani

UN SaferGuard Quick Response Mechanism
Presented by Peter Kolarov

- Ireland
Management of munitions sites

Victim Assistance

- Bosnia and Herzegovina

- Croatia

- Ecuador

- Russian Federation

- Tajikistan

Recommendations to be addressed at the 2015 Meeting of Experts

Clearance, removal or destruction of explosive remnants of war

(a) To continue the consideration of clearance, removal or destruction of ERW and capacity building in these areas in the context of the meetings of experts and conferences of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V.
(b) To encourage affected High Contracting Parties to provide updates on their implementation of ongoing national programmes in the fields of surveillance, clearance and destruction of ERW.
(c) To continue the exchange of information on the most difficult explosive ordnance disposal clearance operations, such as clearance in sand desert areas and the areas where intensive battles took place.
(d) To continue the exchange of information on the implementation of Article 4 in the context of meetings of experts and the conferences of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V.
(e) To continue to further address all aspects of the obligations of Article 4 in conjunction with Article 11 in a session of the meeting of experts to support all High Contracting Parties to implement appropriate operating procedures and instructions and provide training to their military personnel.
(f) To consider possible measures on how to improve existing mechanisms for the transmission of information under Article 4 and how to further improve the quality of the information which is subject for submission under Article 4, taking into account the impact of international governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations with expertise in surveying and clearance of ERW.

Cooperation and assistance and requests for assistance

(a) To encourage those High Contracting Parties, relevant international organizations and institutions in a position to do so to provide cooperation and assistance for addressing the impact of explosive remnants of war, which continues to be the explosive devices that cause the highest numbers of new casualties and victims each year.
(b) To encourage States which have outlined their needs for assistance in either formal requests for assistance or statements to the Meeting of Experts to ensure they have specified their exact needs and provide regular updates on the status of those requests.
(c) To encourage both donor and affected High Contracting Parties to submit information relating to Articles 7 and 8 in their national reports.
(d) The Coordinator with the assistance of the CCW Implementation Support Unit to focus on those High Contracting Parties requiring assistance with the surveillance of ERW contamination and the management of munitions sites. The CCW Implementation Unit to be tasked with ensuring that affected States are aware of all available channels for seeking cooperation and assistance.

Generic preventive measures

(a) All High Contracting Parties are encouraged to implement Part 3 of the Technical Annex to Protocol V, report on such work in their Protocol V national annual reports and implement the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines on a voluntary basis.
(b) All High Contracting Parties are encouraged to continue to focus on the management of munitions sites at the 2015 Meeting of Experts including consideration of the questions posed in the Coordinator’s report.
(c) The Coordinator with the support of the CCW Implementation Support Unit will continue to follow-up with High Contracting Parties that had not yet reported on their implementation of generic preventive measures.
(d) The Coordinator should consult with those High Contracting Parties and relevant organisations that are in a position to provide assistance to other states on the management of munitions sites.

National reporting

(a) All High Contracting Parties and observer States are called on to submit national annual reports and in preparing those reports are encouraged to use the Protocol V Guide to National Reporting.
(b) To merge Forms E and F of the National Reporting Form and for the Coordinator with the support of the CCW Implementation Support Unit to encourage High Contracting Parties to utilise the new form on cooperation and assistance.
(c) The Coordinator with the support of the CCW Implementation Support Unit to ensure that the Guide to National Reporting reflects the recent changes made to the National Reporting Form.
(d) For the Coordinator with the support of the CCW Implementation Support Unit to follow-up with those High Contracting Parties that have not yet reported and to examine the reporting under Form C on Article 5 – other precautions for the protection of the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects from the risks and effects of ERW.

Victim assistance

(a) To continue to focus on the implementation of the Article 8(2) of Protocol V and the Plan of Action on Victim Assistance, especially the need for affected States to include victims in their overall national disabilities and development frameworks.
(b) To continue to exchange practical experiences and lessons learned on victim assistance with other relevant legal instruments.
(c) To follow-up with those affected States that have not yet submitted Form F (a) of the national reporting form.
(d) To invite the High Contracting Parties of the Convention meeting in 2015 to share views on a voluntary basis on victim assistance based on the experiences of Protocol V.