THE ROAD TO OTTAWA EXHIBIT BY PSALM STUDENTS

THE ROAD TO OTTAWA ART EXHIBIT BY PSALM

THE ROAD TO OTTAWA ART EXHIBIT BY PSALM

Join PSALM ( Proud Students Against Land Mines) as they present their art installation, “THE ROAD TO OTTAWA: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MINE BAN TREATY” at the Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, February 2nd-February 29th, 2018.
Opening Reception will be held February 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm. PSALM artworks are inspired by the countries that “made it happen” and the continuing work to ”finish the job” of a landmine-free world. Students will  act as hosts and guides for the visitors at the opening reception on February 2nd, 2018. 

In  December 1997, 122 nations met in Ottawa, Canada to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.  PSALM students have dedicated paintings to the countries that “made it happen”. The  Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Treaty, is a legally binding international agreement that bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel mines and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims and destroy stockpiles.The adoption of the treaty was a milestone start to an end of suffering caused by landmines. To date, the Mine Ban Treaty has been at the heart of many achievements.More than 80 per cent of the world’s countries outlawed landmines by joining the treaty. Landmine trade is virtually eliminated.  Twenty-seven (27) countries finished clearing and destroying landmines. More than fifty-one (51) million stockpiled landmines have been destroyed. New landmine casualties have been dramatically reduced  and the rights of landmine victims have been increasingly recognized

The Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties, Vienna

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The Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties (16MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty took place from 18 to 21 December 2017 at the UN Office at Vienna, Austria.

2017 marks 20 years since the Mine Ban Treaty was adopted, when the international community agreed to end the scourge of landmines once and for all. Following the adoption, on 3 December 1997 the treaty was signed by 122 States; it entered into force on 1 March 1999. To date, 162 nations have formally joined the treaty. The 16MSP provided a good opportunity for the international community to take stock of what have been achieved so far and to reaffirm commitments for a mine-free world by 2025.

His Excellency Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva wasthe President of the 16MSP. Ambassador Hajnoczi focused on Universalization, Victim Assistance and Mine Clearance of the Mine Ban Treaty. Click here to read Ambassador Hajnoczi’s priorities for the 16MSP.

 

2017 LANDMINE MONITOR

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The 2017 Landmine Monitor report was launched on 14 December 2017.

The 2017 report includes updates on the status of compliance to the Mine Ban Treaty, casualties related to landmines and explosive remnants of war, clearance of contaminated land, assistance to mine victims and financial support to mine action. The launch took place just prior to the Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty which was held in Vienna, Austria, from 18 to 21 December 2017. A briefing on key findings of the report was held for delegates present at the Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties in Vienna.

Journalists interested in receiving advanced copies of the report or in joining the virtual launch of the report can get in touch via email: media@icblcmc.org or telephone: +41 22 920 0320.

Sri Lanka has become the 163rd State Party to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty

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Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva H.E. Ravinatha Pandukabhaya Aryasinha, 2 March 2016 @MBT-ISU

Sri Lanka has become the 163rd State Party to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, having deposited its instrument of accession at the United Nations’ headquarters on 13 December 2017.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines congratulates Sri Lanka for joining the international community to achieve a mine-free world.

“We thank the government of Sri Lanka and all those who supported this great achievement for our nation. This accession will bring many opportunities for post-war Sri Lanka. It will support reconciliation efforts and help fostering permanent peace,” said Vidya Abhayagunawardena, Coordinator of the Sri Lankan Campaign to Ban Landmines. “It is time for all other countries that have not joined the treaty, especially India, Nepal and Pakistan in South Asia, to join the 163 nations and wipe out landmines once and for all.”

Sri Lanka is heavily affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. According to the Landmine Monitor over 22,100 people have been killed or injured by landmines or explosive remnants of war over time in the country. The estimated extent of mine/ERW contamination as of February 2017 was just over 26.3km2, a decrease from the nearly 68.4km2 of June 2015. Contamination affects ten districts across three provinces of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has developed a plan for 2016-2020 aiming to make the country ‘mine-threat free’ by 2020. The Mine Ban Treaty requires the clearance of all contaminated areas, including those that do not pose an immediate threat to populations.

With Sri Lanka’s accession to the Mine Ban Treaty, India, Nepal and Pakistan are the only countries in South Asia that remain outside of the Mine Ban Treaty. All three are affected by landmine contamination.

The Mine Ban Treaty will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 June 2018.

ICAN: THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS, PSALM STUDENTS CONGRATULATE YOU!

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congratulations to ICAN from PSALM students

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Congratulations from PSALM: STUDENTS AGAINST LANDMINES AND CLUSTER BOMBS TO ICAN: THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON their Nobel Peace Prize!The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was honored for its work to foster a global ban on the destructive weapons according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The Geneva-based coalition was modeled on international efforts to ban landmines!

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

PSALM students folded symbolic origami Peace Cranes with love and prayers for a more peaceful world for all!

THE ROAD TO OTTAWA

On November 18 and 19th, PSALM students presented their artistic installation, “THE ROAD TO OTTAWA: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MINE BAN TREATY”. PSALM artworks at the exhibit were inspired by the countries that “made it happen” and the continuing work to “finish the job” of a mine-free world. PSALM students acted as hosts and guides to the exhibit which depicts a visual timeline to the Ottawa Treaty.

Road to Ottawa paintings by PSALM students

Road to Ottawa paintings by PSALM students

 

 

 

 

 

 

One large scale artwork included the text of the treaty in various languages.

MINE BAN TREATY PAINTING BY PSALM STUDENTS

MINE BAN TREATY PAINTING BY PSALM STUDENTS

 

September 18, 2017 marked 20 years since the Mine Ban Treaty was adopted, when the international community agreed to end the scourge of landmines once and for all. Following the adoption, on December 3, 1997 the treaty was signed by 122 States; it entered into force on  March 1, 1999. To date, 162 nations have formally joined the treaty.

 

 

 

The exhibit has been requested to be displayed in February 2018 at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MBT!

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On 18 September 1997, nations from around the world came together in Oslo to adopt the Mine Ban Treaty. On December 4th, 1997, the Mine Ban Treaty was signed in Ottawa.  This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treaty!

Banning landmines would have not been possible without great partnerships among civil society and governments. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said “if the Mine Ban Treaty has made a difference in the world, it is because the partnership between governments and civil society forged through the process that created the treaty has continued to this day”. Since its inception in 1992, the ICBL— representing hundreds of NGOs, landmine survivors, mine action operators and experts — has been working closely with governments and other actors to achieve a mine-free world.

The adoption of the treaty 20 years ago was a milestone start to an end of suffering caused by landmines. To date, the Mine Ban Treaty has been at the heart of many achievements.

More than 80 per cent of the world’s countries outlawed landmines by joining the treaty. The stigma against landmines has grown strong. Landmine trade is virtually eliminated. Sixty-five (65) non-state armed groups have pledged not to use landmines. At least 39 states that once produced landmines have stopped producing them. Twenty-seven (27) countries finished clearing and destroying landmines. More than fifty-one (51) million stockpiled landmines have been destroyed. New landmine casualties have been dramatically reduced from the 40-55 people a day that were killed or injured in the 1990s. The rights of landmine victims have been increasingly recognized.

But millions of people are still threatened by landmines and unexploded bombs worldwide and on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have created a new ‘landmine emergency’. Meanwhile development opportunities and food security in countries such as Angola, Cambodia and Zimbabwe are being undermined by millions of mines left over from conflicts that ended decades ago.States party to the Ottawa Treaty have set a deadline of 2025 to clear remaining mine contamination. After 20 years of success we have a lot to celebrate, but the work is not done. JOIN US AS WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TO THIS WORK!

Mine Ban Treaty: Facts, achievements and challenges

  • The Mine Ban Treaty was the first international treaty to ban a weapon of war that had been in widespread use.
  • Thanks to pressure created by civil society the treaty did not allow for any loopholes, exceptions or reservations.
  • The Mine Ban Treaty was highly unusual in being both a humanitarian and a disarmament treaty. It was the first international treaty to include provisions for victims of the weapon along the provisions related to the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of the weapon itself.
  • The Ottawa Process was so successful in quickly achieving its aims that this process has been used as a model for other lifesaving movements – such as the Oslo Process to ban cluster bombs and the campaign to stop the use of child soldiers and most recently, nuclear weapons.
  • Achievements: 80% of the world has joined the Treaty.  The stigma on antipersonnel mines holds firm. Over the past 20 years since the Treaty’s adoption there has been a dramatic decrease in worldwide use, production, and transfer of antipersonnel mines, the number of casualties reported annually has been massively reduced since the campaign began; more than 51 million mines in stockpiles have been destroyed; large tracts of land have been cleared and 26 states have been declared mine-free. Crucially, any use of antipersonnel landmines is also today widely recognized as being unacceptable, and is resoundingly condemned.
  • States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty have embraced an aspirational deadline of 2025 to complete their treaty obligations.
  • Based on these achievements, we know a world without landmines is possible, but the international community must remain fully committed to this goal and continue to work diligently to achieve this by 2025.
  • Challenges: 35 states, including the United States, still remain outside of the Treaty and instances of new landmine use, though rare, are reported every year. Some 6,000 people are reported to be maimed or killed by these weapons every year. Some 60 countries and territories remain affected by landmines. Assistance and services for landmine victims are scarce and insufficient in the majority of affected countries.
  • Therefore, there is a clear need for all states to join the Mine Ban Treaty and to work hard to fully implement it.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines: History and achievements

  • The ICBL’s global civil society movement created a legal and diplomatic precedent that placed humanitarian values above military needs and saved countless lives: we made sure this ban was focused on protecting people, rather than military needs.
  • The ICBL is shaped by its hundreds of members in close to one hundred countries.
  • From the beginning, the ICBL’s strength has been rooted in hundreds of civil society organizations (like PSALM) from a vast and diverse range of backgrounds being united under one goal and message: to ban landmines.
  • Driven by the voices of survivors, the ICBL used its technical, legal and political expertise to play a major role in drafting the Mine Ban Treaty from the start of the Ottawa Process that led to adoption of the MBT.
  • The ICBL, along with the ICRC were considered vital partners in the process and included in all the diplomatic meetings leading up to the Treaty negotiations, and during negotiations themselves. The critical importance of the presence and input of the ICBL and the ICRC was specifically recognized in the preamble of the Treaty.
  • The role played by the ICBL in the Ottawa Process was recognized by the Nobel Committee in December 1997 which granted ICBL and its Coordinator the Nobel Peace Prize for changing ‘a ban on antipersonnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality’ (quote from the Nobel Committee).
  • After the treaty’s entry into force, the ICBL established an unprecedented independent civil society-based systematic monitoring and reporting regime on universalization and implementation of the treaty – the Landmine Monitor, which has been issued every year since 1999.
  • The ICBL has spent 25 years campaigning for a mine-free world and has seen how far the world has come towards reaching this goal.

 

ICAN receives Nobel Peace Prize

In recognition of its efforts to achieve a global nuclear ban treaty

 

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. ICAN will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10th in Oslo, Norway.

“The International Campaign to Ban Landmines warmly congratulates ICAN for this well-deserved recognition”, said Amelie Chayer, Acting Director. “We are immensely happy and proud that humanitarian disarmament efforts are being recognized once again, exactly 20 years after the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to the ban on antipersonnel mines.”

Members including WVCBL/PSALM are excited to celebrate this awesome achievement by ICAN!

A broad range of campaigners and civil society members from across the world contribute to ICAN’s activities, including the Hibakusha and other communities affected by nuclear weapons.

On 7 July 2017, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of the Nuclear Weaponswas adopted. It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory.

Nine countries together possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. In its statement today, ICAN urged all nations to “reject these weapons completely – before they are ever used again.”

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with its coordinator Jody Williams, in recognition of its efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty, which aims to put an end to the suffering and casualties caused by antipersonnel mines.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/oct/06/nobel-peace-prize-2017-winner-live

 

THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

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Since 1992, the ICBL has been the voice of civil society in the diplomatic arena pushing for changes in government policies and practices on addressing the humanitarian suffering caused by landmines.

We seek to prevent all use, production, and trade of these anti-personnel landmines, and to ensure stockpiles are destroyed. We denounce any use of these indiscriminate weapons, and mobilize others to do so to further stigmatize them. We call for accelerated clearance of all landmines and other explosive remnants of war; and we want to see the fulfillment of victims’ rights and needs. The best way to reach these goals is to ensure the universal adherence to, and implementation of, the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

We inform and rally the public to act with us for a world without antipersonnel landmines, where the rights of victims are upheld. We monitor, analyze, and report on progress on the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty as well as on obligations as yet unfulfilled. ICBL members, including victims of landmines, take action in some one hundred countries. We believe in the impact of a coordinated and flexible network of NGOs with experience and passion.

The ICBL raises awareness and advocates at the national, regional and international levels. Through its global membership the ICBL brings the reality of mine-affected communities into the diplomatic arena. We have seen the power of survivors standing up for their rights and are deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and accessibility.

ICBL campaigners around the world work in a spirit of cooperation with their governments and other partners to ensure countries join the Mine Ban Treaty and live up to the letter and spirit of the treaty. Our long-standing partnership with these actors is key to reaching full universalization and implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty.

Our network includes human rights, humanitarian, children, peace, disability, veterans, medical, mine action, development, arms control, religious, environmental and women’s groups. While our members carry their activities in a variety of ways, they regularly share political strategies, campaign activities, achievements and ideas on how to address challenges. This exchange of information among the different countries plus the hard work of the national campaigns to ban landmines have created and maintained the momentum of the ICBL.

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The promise of the Mine Ban Treaty will be fulfilled when the norm against use of antipersonnel mines is universal, and when States Parties to the treaty have fully implemented their key treaty obligations — mine clearance, stockpile destruction, and victim assistance.

The ICBL has issued a Completion Challenge calling on the mine ban community to reach these goals within a decade of the treaty’s Third Review Conference in 2014. It will take hard work, ingenuity, and political determination, but the ICBL believes it can be done! It is time to finish the job!

 

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The MINE BAN Treaty Turns 20!

 


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n 18 September 1997, nations from around the world came together in Oslo to adopt the Mine Ban Treaty. Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treaty!

Banning landmines would have not been possible without great partnerships among civil society and governments. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said “if the Mine Ban Treaty has made a difference in the world, it is because the partnership between governments and civil society forged through the process that created the treaty has continued to this day”. Since its inception in 1992, the ICBL— representing hundreds of NGOs, landmine survivors, mine action operators and experts — has been working closely with governments and other actors to achieve a mine-free world.

USA...Don't walk away... Time to join the Mine Ban Treaty!

USA…Don’t walk away… Time to join the Mine Ban Treaty!

The adoption of the treaty 20 years ago today was a milestone start to an end of suffering caused by landmines. To date, the Mine Ban Treaty has been at the heart of many achievements.

More than 80 per cent of the world’s countries outlawed landmines by joining the treaty. The stigma against landmines has grown strong. Landmine trade is virtually eliminated. Sixty-five (65) non-state armed groups have pledged not to use landmines. At least 39 states that once produced landmines have stopped producing them. Twenty-seven (27) countries finished clearing and destroying landmines. More than fifty-one (51) million stockpiled landmines have been destroyed. New landmine casualties have been dramatically reduced from the 40-55 people a day that were killed or injured in the 1990s. The rights of landmine victims have been increasingly recognized.

But the job is not done. Landmines are still a global problem.

An average of 18 people around the world lost their life or limbs to a landmine or another explosive remnant of war every day in 2015. Still some 60 countries around the world are contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war, maintaining a sense of fear among thousands of people and creating a sense of insecurity among communities, delaying peace processes and impeding countries’ development for years.
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Although the majority of states worldwide have renounced landmines and joined the Mine Ban Treaty, still 35 states remain outside of the treaty, collectively stockpiling a total around 50 million landmines.

 

 

If not destroyed, those landmines remain ready to be used any time.

Although new use of antipersonnel landmines by states is rare and limited, it still happens. The reported new use of landmines by Myanmar forces during the last two weeks and the ongoing use by non-state armed groups in a handful of countries, often with improvised mines, remind us all that there is still a need to rid the world of these indiscriminate weapons.

While the number of new casualties recorded annually has dropped, any mine incident can add an individual to the still growing number of global survivors. Landmine victims in developing countries, in affected and remote areas, are still too often in desperate need of health care and rehabilitation, psychosocial and socio-economic supports.

It is evident from the remarkable achievements of the last two decades, that we can get this job done. But governments and civil society and other actors need to continue the flourishing partnerships and cooperation to do more to achieve a mine-free world by 2025.

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