What is the 11MSP and why is it important?
The 11MSP is a formal meeting of the 156 States which have accepted the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. It is being held in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention and pursuant to the decisions of the 2009 Second Review Conference and the 2010 Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP).
The 11MSP is particularly significant because the Convention is returning to a place where it all started two decades ago. As such, the 11MSP is a chance for the international community to recall how far the world has come in pursuing a comprehensive end to the suffering and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines.
The 11MSP, taking place in what remains one of the most mine affected countries in the world, is also a chance to show the world that this very much is an issue we still live with today. The11MSP can be a springboard to further action and an opportunity to state that the commitment to this cause will not end until the task is complete.