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What was the 14MSP and why was it important?

The Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties (14MSP) was a formal meeting of the 162 States Parties to the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. It was held in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention and pursuant to the decision of the Convention’s 2014 Third Review Conference. At the Third Review Conference, it was agreed that the 14MSP would take place in Geneva during the week of 30 November to 4 December 2015. The Conference further agreed to designate H.E. Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe of Belgium, President of the 14MSP.

The 14MSP was the first time the international community gathered formally to discuss the implementation of the Convention since the adoption of the Maputo Action Plan 2014-2019. At the 2014 Third Review Conference the States Parties established a new architecture to more effectively implement the Convention, including the Committee on Article 5 Implementation, the Committee on Cooperative Compliance, the Committee on Victim Assistance and the Committee on the Enhancement of Cooperation and Assistance.