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Photo: Kaja Thorvaldsen.Photo: Kaja Thorvaldsen

Successful Partnership between Norway and Mozambique presented at the Mine Ban Convention Meeting of States Parties

Last updated: 04.12.2013 // Norway held a presentation together with Mozambique and the UNDP on the partnership on mine clearance with Mozambique, during the 13th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (13MSP) taking place in Geneva this week.

 Norway and Mozambique was asked to present their partnership as a successful example on how Article 5 completion can be fuelled by solid partnerships.

Norway has supported mine clearance in Mozambique since the end of the civil war in 1992. Norway presented some aspects of their current partnership, which was formalised in a  Memorandum of Understanding in 2010.Under the agreement, Norway has provided financial, technical and coordination support, to assist Mozambique in mine clearance. Mozambique, which was one of the most affected countries in the world, will now declare itself mine-free in accordance with the Mine Ban Convention in 2014.

"Norway has learned a lot from our partnership with Mozambique that will inform our future mine policy" - Ambassador Mr. Steffen Kongstad, said.

Read the entire statement here

The 13MSP is a formal meeting of the 161 States which have accepted the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. It is being held in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention and pursuant to the decisions of the 2009 Second Review Conference and the 2012 Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties (12MSP). The 13MSP is the last annual assessment of the application of the Cartagena Action Plan 2010-2014 prior to Convention’s Third Review Conference in Maputo, Mozambique in June 2014. This assessment of challenges encountered and work that remains to be done will be recorded in the 13MSP’s Geneva Progress Report. 

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