NPA has been a driver of much of the methodology development that has taken place in Mine Action since the early 1990s. NPA consistently seeks to improve, innovate, and look for ways to deliver higher quality and increased efficiency and effectiveness across NPA programming. Personnel will share knowledge and developments with all those working in the same field as selves, and encourage others to do the same, so that NPA can make stronger collective efforts towards Humanitarian Disarmament.
The Monitor has become the de facto verification mechanism for the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. A project of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), The Monitor investigates compliance with, and implementation of, the Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It annually publishes its two reports – the Landmine Monitor and Cluster Munition Monitor – as well as country profiles, fact-sheets, and maps on the Internet. Preparations for the publication of each new report involve the collection and analysis of enormous amounts of information. NPA provides data and analysis of the relevant articles to NPA’s work under MBT and CCM, more specifically art 5 of the MBT and Articles 3 and 4 of the CCM.
NPA’s Mine Action programmes are concerned with the full and effective implementation of the MBT and CCM. We will often give priority to supporting states that have joined these treaties. We may also establish operations in non-member states where the humanitarian imperative so dictates or where NPA’s presence may influence progress towards accession to the treaties.
Read more about the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor here ( http://www.the-monitor.org/ )
ICBL and CMC have played a crucial role in the processes that have led to an absolute ban on anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions, with the establishment of the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997 and the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2010. INEW is now leading an effort to focus attention on the humanitarian suffering caused by explosive violence in urban areas, and ICAN is leading an effort to get an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.
NPA involvement in international networks is important to us. NPA believes that work in the field and a political effort is mutually reinforcing and strengthens the changes in the field. Every landmine or cluster bomb that is removed from the ground by NPA deminers will improve living conditions for the population in the affected area. However, it is equally important that NPA works to promote and develop new international humanitarian laws that prevents or reduces the use of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosives, and prevents nuclear weapons from ever being used again, in addition to convince states to respect and implement these laws.