WASHINGTON, DC - November 28 -Mine action experts, landmine survivors, key political figures and civil society activists from around the world will return to Ottawa,Canada on 3 December to to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic day when the treaty banning the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel mines was signed. A rich programme of events starting on Friday 30 November will offer activists, diplomats, politicians and the public at large an opportunity to reflect on the "success in progress" of the Mine Ban Treaty and on the process that brought it about.
Friday, November 30th:
World of Women: A Nobel Peace Laureate Reflects on Canada's Place in the World (7:00-8:30pm, OttawaArtsCourtTheatre, 2 Daly Ave): Professor Jody Williams will address Canada’s current conduct in international forums.
Saturday, December 1st:
Walk without Fear (starting at 1pm at the Human Rights Monument at Elgin and Lisgar): Ottawa residents, landmine survivors and activists from mine-affected countries, will walk a two-kilometer walk through downtown Ottawa in solidarity with people around the world who still walk in fear of losing life or limb to landmines and in celebration of all those who do not thanks to the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines. To view the route map, click on the “Ottawa Treaty 10th Anniversary Event” tab on www.minesactoncanada.org.
Monday, December 3rd:
9:00-10:00 am Press Conference (National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington): Key leaders in the mine ban movement, past and present, will reflect on the successes and challenges in realizing the goals of the Ottawa Treaty over the past ten years; what remains to be done; and what they expect of Canda in the future. Spokespeople include
Mr. Paul Hannon, Executive Director of Mines Action Canada (MAC), the Canadian campaign against landmines and cluster bombs;
Professor Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and co-founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative
Hon Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg and Canada’s Foreign Minister from 1995 to 2000
Ms. Sylvie Brigot, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)
Mr. Tun Channareth, International Campaign to Ban Landmines Ambassadorand a Cambodianlandmine survivor who received the 1997 Nobel Peace prize on behalf of the ICBL alongside Ms. Williams in 1997.
10:30 -12:30 Opening Panel, GlobalTown Hall (Laurier Room, Chateau Fairmont Laurier, 1 Rideau Street)): Concerned citizens from the Canada and the international community will discuss how civil society can better leverage its power to change policies and strengthen norms to effectively address humanitarian concerns. The event will be moderated by CPAC’s Ken Rockburn. Opening panelists include Hon. Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams, CCIC’s Gerry Barr and Rideau Institute’s Steven Staples.
Interviews can also be arranged with Canadian campaign members, ICBL Ambassadors, landmine survivors, deminers and campaigners from mine affected countries in Africa, South East Asia, the Americas and the Former Soviet Union from December 1st-December 3rd. Please contact Janis Grychowski: janisSPAMFLTER@SPATMFLTERminesactioncanada.org; tel 613-241-3777; cell 613 620 1653; or visit the “Ottawa Treaty 10th Anniversary Event” page at www.minesactioncanada.org.