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What is the Cartagena Summit?

  • The Cartagena Summit is the name that has been given to the Second Review Conference of the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction.
  • The Cartagena Summit is a formal diplomatic meeting with the main purpose being to review the past five years of efforts to pursue a world free of anti-personnel mines, to assess remaining challenges and to commit to actions to overcome these challenges.
  • A special focus will be placed on addressing the needs and guaranteeing the rights of the women, men, girls and boys who have fallen victim to mines.
  • Over 1,000 delegates representing over 100 States and dozens of international and non-governmental organisations will discuss a comprehensive Review of the Operation and Status of the Convention, 2005-2009. This report documents progress made between the first Summit on a Mine-Free World in Nairobi in 2004 and the 2009 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World.
  • At the Cartagena Summit, it is expected that the international community, at a high political level, will adopt the Cartagena Action Plan to guide implementation efforts between 2010 and 2014. In addition, these high level representatives will adopt and sign the Cartagena Declaration, reaffirming their commitment to ending the suffering caused by anti-personnel mines and to achieving a world free of mines. 



Information as of 4 November 2009