The Nineteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention is an official, diplomatic meeting of 164 States, which have accepted and assumed obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Production, Stockpiling and Transfer of Mines and on Their Destruction.

Although it was originally planned to hold the 19th Meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in this country, the meeting was moved to the online format.

This year's conference is chaired by N.E. Robbert Jan Gabriëlse, who was elected at the Fourth Review Conference in Oslo 2019.

Conference reiterates the importance of mine action in every aspect, be it demining, mine risk education programs or mine victims assistance.

The Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Mirna Pavlović, Assistant Minister of Civil Affairs of BiH, in her address, once again expressed the strong and great commitment of Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue to act in the face of threats of antipersonnel mines and explosive remnants of war in order to resolve this long-term issue within the approved deadline, in accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, ie by March 2027.

Despite all the difficulties we face, including lack of funding, and available non-functional minefield records and unpredictable weather conditions, as the main reasons for requesting an extension under Article 5 of the Convention, our country is focused on a clear concept of mine action, which requires efficient risk management through continuous assessment of the mine situation, efficient planning and coordination, and linking all components of mine action into an integrated process.

It was also emphasized that Bosnia and Herzegovina has made extremely significant progress in all areas of mine action, primarily due to very good cooperation with partner countries and donors.

The meeting will last from November 15 to 19, 2021.


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