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Network Group on Collection and Disseminiation of Guidelines

Conclusion : Based on the Report on the Informal Consultations on international cooperation in accordance with Article 6 of the Ottawa Convention (Maputo, 3-7, May 1999), and the conclusions of the First Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Victim Assistance (SCEVA), the Network Group on the Collection and Dissemination of Guidelines exchanged points of view concerning the future use of the different existing Reference Documents. ObjectiveMain objective of this Network Group is that the various Reference Documents on victim assistance reach the actors that are dealing with mine victim assistance programs. To achieve this objective, the Network Group will pursue the following tasks:
  • Compile the Reference Documents on mine victim assistance. This compilation could be organised under three main categories: 1) Generic Reference Documents 2) National and Regional Reference Documents 3) Additional Reference Documents.
  • Discuss how to contribute to the translation of these Reference Documents into as many languages of the mine affected countries as possible.
  • Distribute the Reference Documents during the March Meeting of the SCEVA and the Second Meeting of the States Parties (September 2000).
To ensure that these efforts lead to concrete results, the Network Group encourages all governments, international and regional organisations and NGO’s interested or involved in victim assistance to consider the adoption of the following measures:
  • The designation of a focal point to receive the different Reference Documents. The focal point would be responsible for the identification of the appropriate recipients for the various Reference Documents on mine victim assistance as well as their dissemination in the mine- affected countries.
  • To take into account the various Reference Documents when developing plans for mine victim assistance programs.
  • To develop a common culture and consider the usefulness of taking into account these Reference Documents in the elaboration of mine victim assistance programs.
The Network Group invites all governments, international and regional organizations and NGO’s that have developed Reference Documents to submit them to the facilitators of this Network Group in order to pursue the above mentioned tasks.  Request of Guidelines :Geneva , January 25, 2000 To whom it may concern: As you may be aware, the Standing Committee of Experts on Victim Assistance, Socio-economic Reintegration, and Mine Awareness, part of the Intersessional Work Program of the Ottawa Convention, held its first meeting from 15 th to 17 th September 1999 . During the September meeting, the importance of Guidelines on Victims Assistance was discussed and several well-known and established Guidelines were mentioned. As a result of the September meeting, five Network Groups were established with the objective of addressing several issues at depth:
  • Information and Data Co-ordination: Switzerland
  • Victim Assistance Reporting: ICBL, Handicap International
  • Portfolio of Country and Regional Projects: ICBL
  • Collection and Dissemination of Guidelines: Nicaragua/Mexico
  • Donor Coordination: Sweden
As facilitators of the Guidelines Network Group, Mexico and Nicaragua held a first informal meeting with interested parties. It was recognized that the major problem with Victim Assistance Guidelines is making these available to the actors who deal with mine victims directly. Therefore, as a first step, we are attempting to put together a compilation of widely recognized victim assistance guidelines which will be made available during the Second Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Victim Assistance, Socio-economic Reintegration, and Mine Awareness to take place in March 2000. In order to accomplish this task, Mexico and Nicaragua kindly request your cooperation in the compilation of victim assistance guidelines. For this reason, we are asking the different authors of guidelines to provide us with copies (both written and electronic, if possible) of these guidelines. We would appreciate receiving these documents not later than 1st March 2000 . We estimate that at least 200 copies will be needed for the March meeting. The Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining has been kind enough to offer their assistance in the collection of these important documents: Ana Andrino, Policy Advisor
Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Building
7 bis Avenue de la Paix, P.O. Box 1300
CH-1211, Geneva 1, Switzerland
Tel: 4122 906 1662 and 1663
Fax: 41 22 906 1690
e-mail: a.andrino@gichd.chThe Permanent Missions of Mexico and Nicaragua in Geneva , as facilitators of the Network Group on Guidelines, thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions please contact: Socorro Rovirosa Priego
Permanent Mission of Mexico
Avenue de Bude, 16 (7eme étage)
1202 Genève
Tel: 4122 748 0707 and 0702
Fax: 4122 748-0708
e-mail: mission.mexico(at)ties.itu.int  
socorro.rovirosa(at)ties.itu.int Cecilia Sanchez Reyes
Minister Counselor
Permanent Mission of Nicaragua
16 Rue Du Roveray
1207 Genève
Tel: 4122 737 3090
Fax: 4122 736 6012
e-mail: mission.nicaragua(at)ties.itu.int
cecilia.sanchez(at)ties.itu.int  List of Collected Guidelines:
1) «Guidelines for the Care and Rehabilitation of Survivors» by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
  For additional information, please contact either: or
ICBL Resource Center
Contact: Dalma Foeldes
Osterhausgt. 27
N-0183 – Oslo
Tel: + 47 22 362 200
Fax: + 47 22 362 280

Landmine Survivors Network
, Chair
Contact: Jerry White or Brady Lee
1420 K Street , 6 th floor
Washington DC 20005 USA
E-mail: lsn(at)landminesurvivors.org
Website: www.landminesurvivors.org
2) «Assistance for Victims of Anti-Personnel Mines. Needs, Constraints and Strategy» by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
  For additional information or copies, please contact: Mines Campaign Unit
International Committee of the Red Cross
19, avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: + 41 22 730 23 05
Fax: + 41 22 730 22 50
E-mail: landmines.gva(at)icrc.org

3) «Guidance for Surveillance of Injuries due to Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance» by the World Health Organization (WHO-Geneva).
  For additional information, please contact: Injuries and Violence Prevention Department
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Fax: +41 22 791 43 32
E-mail: pvi(at)who.int Additionally, the content of this document is available on the website at:

4) «Le Azioni Umanitaire Contro le Mine Antipersona Nell’ambito Della Cooperazione Internazionale Dell’Italia» by the Comitato Nazionale per le Azione Umanitaire contro le Mine Antipersona, 1999.
  For additional information, please contact: Dott. Giancarlo del Grosso
Ministero degli Affari Esteri
1, P. della Farnesina
00194 Roma
Tel: 0039 06 36 91 41 92
Fax: 0039 06 36 91 41 94
E-mail: delgrosso(at)esteri.it

5) «Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes From a Development-Oriented Point of View (‘The Bad Honnef Framework’)» by the German Campaign to Ban Landmines.
  For additional information, please contact: Deutscher Initiativkreis für das Verbot von Landminen , Büro Berlin
Markus Haake
Rykerstrasse 13
D-10405 Berlin
Tel: + 49 (0)30 4 21 36 86
Fax: + 49 (0)30 42 80 16 88
E-mail: gibl.haake(at)t-online.de

6) «International Guidelines for Landmine and Unexploded Ordnance Awareness Education» by the United Nations.
  For additional information, please contact either: or
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Office of Emergency Programmes
3 United Nations Plaza
New York , NY 10017
Tel: (212) 326-7068
Fax: (212) 326-7037
E-mail: http://www.unicef.org

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
304 East 45 Street, 3 rd Floor
New York , NY 10017
Tel: (212) 963-1875
Fax: (212) 963-2498
E-mail: www.mineaction.org
7) «Strategic Framework for Planning Integrated Victim Assistance Programs» by the Government of Switzerland .
  For additional information, please contact: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining(GICHD)
Contact : Pascal Torres or Urs Zanitti
7bis, avenue de la Paix
case postale 1300
CH-1211 Geneva 1
Tel: + 41 22 906 16 62
Fax: + 41 22 906 16 90
E-mail: info(at)gichd.ch

Collection of Existing Guidelines or Reference Documents:
  1. Generic Guidelines or Reference Documents
  2. The Bad Honnef Framework
  3. Guidelines for the Care and Rehabilitation of Survivors
  4. National and Regional Guidelines and Reference Documents
  5. Guidelines Italy (pdf - 40KB) Italian