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LEGAL BACKGROUND

Pursuant to Article 12, paragraph 1, of the Mine Ban Convention a “Review Conference shall be convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations five years after the entry into force of this Convention. Further Review Conferences shall be convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations if so requested by one or more States Parties, provided that the interval between Review Conferences shall in no case be less than five years. All States Parties to this Convention shall be invited to each Review Conference”.

Pursuant to the decision of the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties, the Fourth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention will take place in Oslo, Norway, during the week of 25 to 29 November 2019. Two preparatory meetings in Geneva will precede the Fourth Review Conference on 24 May 2019 and 18 September 2019.

In accordance with resolution 73/61 of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the provisions of the Convention , the Secretary-General of the United Nations is undertaking all preparations necessary to convene the Fourth Review Conference. Accordingly, a note verbale by the Secretary-General on convening the Fourth Review Conference was circulated, as follows:



DATE AND VENUE

The Fourth Review Conference 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 25 to 29 November 2019 in Clarion Hotel The Hub, Oslo.

REGISTRATION

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

The registration process for the Fourth Review Conference consists of two steps. Only when these two steps have been completed will individual delegates receive confirmation of their participation to the Fourth Review Conference.

Step 1: On-line registration on the website of the Fourth Review Conference
Step 2: Official notification of the delegations of States Parties and Observers to the Executive Secretary of the Fourth Review Conference

States parties wishing to participate should send a note verbale to the attention of the Executive Secretary of the Fourth Review Conference informing on their intention to participate in the Conference 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 party wishing to participate as observers should send a note verbale to the attention of the Executive Secretary of the Fourth Review Conference informing on their intention to participate in the Conference 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.

Organizations, such as 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 an official letter to the attention of the Executive Secretary of the Fourth Review Conference stating their interest to participate in the Conference 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 may attend the Fourth Review Conference as observers upon receipt of an invitation to do so provided by the Coordinating Committee and subject to approval of the Fourth Review Conference. These interested organisations that wish to request Official Observer Status should write to the Executive Secretary of the Review Conference who will forward requests to the Coordinating Committee.

All note verbales or official letters (for organisations) should be addressed to the following address:
Executive Secretary of the Fourth Review Conference
UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (Geneva Branch)
Palais des Nations, Office C-113.1
Avenue de la Paix 8 – 14
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
E-mail : aplc@un.org

Member organisations of the ICBL that wish to take part in the Fourth Review Conference should contact the ICBL office in Geneva, which will collect necessary information from prospective ICBL delegates and forward it to the Executive Secretary. For more information, please contact the ICBL at elea@icblcmc.org .

FINANCIAL ISSUES

The Convention faced a serious cash shortfall that endangered the holding of the 2016 - 2018 annual meetings of the States parties and required extraordinary measures such as reduced translation of official documentation, reduced conference time, paper smart meeting arrangements, additional financial and in-kind support from a host country, etc.

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 2018, 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 31 May 2019), please click here.

KEY DATES IN 2019

26 FebruaryFourth Pledging Conference for the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Geneva, Palais des nations
1 March 20th 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 2018
22-24 May2019 intersessional meetings, Geneva, WMO
24 May First preparatory meeting for the Fourth Review Conference, Geneva, WMO
18 SeptemberSecond preparatory meeting for the Fourth Review Conference, Geneva, Palais des nations
18 SeptemberTwenty-second anniversary of the adoption of the Convention
25 - 29 NovemberFourth Review Conference, Oslo, Clarion Hotel The Hub
3 DecemberInternational Day of Persons with disabilities
3 -4 December Twenty-second anniversary of the signing of the Convention


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