A World Free of Mines: For a Safer Tomorrow - 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Mine Ban Treaty
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Opening poem by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and poet Emi Mahmoud.

The Mine Ban Treaty was adopted in Oslo on 18 September 1997 and has established a strong norm against any use of anti-personnel mines use of landmines. 164 States Parties, and a

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Opening poem by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and poet Emi Mahmoud. The Mine Ban Treaty was adopted in Oslo on 18 September 1997 and has established a strong norm against any use of anti-personnel mines use of landmines. 164 States Parties, and a network of international organizations and civil society actors, work towards the shared goal of a mine free world. The 20-year anniversary on 1 March 2019 of the entry into force of the Mine Ban Treaty provides an opportunity to bring renewed attention to weapons which continue to kill and injure during and long after a conflict has ended. Landmines are not a problem of the past. Over the past few years, landmines have again been used as tools of war, including by armed non-state actors. With the number of casualties from landmines on the rise again and the highest annual total of child casualties recorded since 1999, there is an urgent need for the international community to broaden the scope of prevention measures and effective mine risk education for vulnerable communities, IDPs and refugees.