Just as in 2019, Belgium supports the activities of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq and Syria with a contribution of 2 million euros. Civilian casualties still occur daily in both countries. Children in particular run the risk of being injured or killed by mines or other explosive weapons. Explosive remnants of war contribute to the insecurity and difficult living conditions that drives Iraqis and Syrians to flee. The mine clearance efforts are part of Belgium's commitment to the stabilization of areas reclaimed from IS (Islamic State).
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09 DecPress release
04 AprInternational Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action: Belgium reiterates its support for a world without anti-personnel minesPress release
On this international mine awareness day, Belgium reaffirms its unfailing support for the fight against anti-personnel mines, indiscriminate weapons that still cause too many victims around the world today.
13 NovOn the eve of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition Against ISIS, Belgium allocates four million euros for humanitarian mine clearance and stabilization efforts in Syria and IraqPress release
The fight against terrorism is a priority of Belgium’s Foreign Policy. To this end, our country actively participates in the Global Coalition Against ISIS. In this framework, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will attend the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition Against ISIS on November 14 in Washington.
03 DecPress release
The Convention on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions celebrates its tenth anniversary. The Convention was signed on 3 December 2008 in Oslo. Belgium pioneered the fight against cluster munitions by adopting in 2006 the first law in the world prohibiting these weapons. In 2007 this commitment was complemented by a law on divestment in the field of cluster munitions production.
15 DecDidier Reynders rejoices over adhesion of Sri Lanka to Ottawa Convention against anti-personnel minesPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Sri Lanka for its adhesion this 13th of December to the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines.
01 DecPress release
The Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines celebrates its 20th anniversary. Its signing started indeed on the 3rd and 4th of December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada. Belgium was a pioneer in the fight against mines. Our country was the very first country worldwide to adopt a national legislation banning these weapons in 1995. The Brussels Declaration of June 1997 was a catalyst in the process of the adoption and signature of the Ottawa Convention.
18 SepBelgium celebrates 20th anniversary of Ottawa Convention - Together for a world without anti-personnel minesPress release
Twenty years ago, on 18th September 1997, the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction was adopted in Oslo. The international community had a tool to end the human suffering caused by these mines.
27 JunPress release
Exactly 20 years ago, from 24 to 27 June 1997, the International Conference on Anti-Personnel Mines was held in Brussels. 97 states then signed the Brussels Declaration. They supported a comprehensive ban on the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. They committed themselves to their destruction and to the establishment of international cooperation and assistance in mine clearance in the affected countries. Belgium was already advocating for victim assistance to be seen as an essential element in the fight against anti-personnel mines.
12 FebDidier Reynders welcomes the announcement by Algeria on the finalization of the operations of antipersonnel mine clearancePress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement made by Algeria on 10 February in Geneva, of the finalization of the operations of antipersonnel mine clearance on its territory.