Monday, November 29, 2004

The Ottawa Convention Five Years Later

The Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World begins today in Kenya. The summit is the first review conference for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on their Destruction, which was signed in Ottawa in 1997 and entered into force in 1999. Article 12 provides for a review conference to be held five years after the Convention's entry into force to assess progress toward the achievement of the Convention's objectives.

The summit will be attended by representatives of the governments that are parties to the Ottawa Convention, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

The official web site for the Nairobi Summit is here.

For information on the Nairobi Summit from the perspective of NGOs involved with the issue, see the following:

The United States is not a party to the Ottawa Convention.