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Mine Action Donor Strategies

28 November

Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action

On 28 November 2018, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium organized an Ad-Hoc Seminar on Mine Action Donor Strategies – Lessons for the Revision of the EU Guidelines for Mine Action, which was held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on the margins of the 17th Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine-Ban Convention (the Ottawa Convention). The event brought together nearly 60 participants from States Parties to the Convention, the UN (UNMAS), the EU (EEAS, Commission), and the main NGOs in the field of Mine action.

The objective of this Ad-Hoc Seminar was to collect lessons learned, views and inputs regarding Mine action donor strategies, with a view to feed the revision of the EU guidelines for Mine action. The EU is one of the world’s top donors. EU’s assistance is still led by the “guidelines for Mine action” dating from 2008 and which has to be revised.

As a result, seven main donor countries explained their Mine action strategies (the UK, Germany, the USA, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Norway) along with key donors at regional (the EU) and global (the UNMAS) levels. Thanks to Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Colombia, the participants were provided with accurate lessons learned from the ground. Significant messages were sent to donor countries and operators. And exchanges with some of the more relevant operators helped European officials fuel the reflexion about the revision of the EU guidelines.

Agenda

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

19:00 Welcome Dinner

 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

08:15 – 08:45

Registration & Welcome Coffee

 

08:45 – 09:00

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Ahmad Helal Atmar, Afghan presidency of the 17th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique

 

09:00 – 11:00

Presentation of National Mine Action Donor Strategies

Chair: Frank Meeussen, Policy officer, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control, SECPOL1, European External Action Service

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth McGarva, Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department, Department for International Development United Kingdom
  • Ingrid Schøyen, Humanitarian Affiars, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Oliver Bräuner, Desk Officer, Europe and Humanitarian Mine Action, Federal Foreign Office Germany
  • Steven Costner, Deputy Director, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State USA
  • Koen Höcker, Directorate Stability & Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Alessandro Palmoso, Programme Officer, Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
  • Jun Yamada, First Secretary, Defense Attaché, Delegation of Japan for the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

 

11:15 – 13:00

Regional and Global Mine Action Strategies

Chair: Anne Kemppainen, Deputy Head, EU Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Speakers:

  • Agnès Marcaillou, Director, UN Mine Action Service
  • Fotini Antonopoulou, Programme Manager in charge of Mine Action, Operations Section III, EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Asa Massleberg, Advisor, Strategic Management, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director, ITF Enhancing Human Security

 

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 16:30

Donor strategies – perspectives from affected Countries

Chair: Mohammad Shafiq Yosufi, Director, Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority

Speakers:

  • Adriano Gonçalves, Head, Cabinet of International Cooperation and Assistance, Angola
  • Saša Obradović, Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre
  • Miguel Ceballos, High Commisioner for Peace, Colombia

 

16:30– 16:45 Coffee break

 

16:45 – 18:30

Donor Strategies – perspectives from operators

Chair: Hector Guerra, Director, International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munition Coalition

Speakers:

  • Tim Kreuk, Head, Halo Trust Europe office
  • Josephine Dresner, Country Representative, Mines Advisory Group
  • Emmanuel Sauvage, Director, Armed Violence Reduction Unit, Handicap International
  • Hans Risser, Head of Operations, NPA
  • Steve Priestley, Director, MA Programs, Janus Global operations LLC

 

18:30 – 18:40

Concluding Remarks

Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique

Frank Meeussen, Policy officer, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control, SECPOL1, European External Action Service

 

Details

Date:
28 November
Event Category:

Venue

Palais des Nations
Geneva,Switzerland

Organizer

Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, FRS