We draw on evidence, experience and innovation in our global programs to identify areas where we can aid policy, including operational policy, and improve sector good practice. We use this to inform and influence decision-makers at national, regional and international levels.
Our policy, advocacy and campaigning aim to affect positive change for the benefit of communities affected by violence, conflict and insecurity.
Policy and Advocacy
We work with a wide array of partners, including other national and international humanitarian organizations, campaign networks, academics and research organizations, as well as governments and the United Nations.
We convene others to lead discussions about how we can work together to respond to a world that is becoming ever more complex and unequal.
Our advocacy work will always seek to give voice to communities. We seek to positively influence and engage with those who can have a direct effect on us and our aims, and, most importantly, the communities with whom we work.
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From our origins, we have worked with individuals and organizations around the world with the aim to achieve a world free of landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs.
Through our campaigning efforts, we work with others to maximize our impact to change policy which will have a positive impact on the communities we seek to serve.
In 1992, MAG joined forces with Human Rights Watch, Medico International, Handicap International, Physicians for Human Rights and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, to form a campaigning coalition – the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
After many years of research, lobbying and campaigns against the use of landmines because of their horrific impact on civilians, 122 countries came together in 1997 to sign the groundbreaking Ottawa Treaty, which banned the production and use of anti-personnel landmines. Later that year, the ICBL jointly received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts.
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Landmine Free 2025
Since its first signatory in 1997, 164 states have joined the Ottawa Treaty. But landmines are not a problem confined to the past, with almost one person every hour still being killed or injured by a landmine or unexploded bomb. Over 60 million people live at risk from landmines and unexploded bombs, and accident rates are rising.
In 2014, states party to the Ottawa Treaty committed to completing landmine clearance by 2025. The Landmine Free 2025 campaign is a call to action to work together to do more, and faster, to make the world landmine free by 2025. To date, 29 countries have been cleared of landmines, but 63 are still contaminated.
The campaign aims to re-energize support for landmine clearance, ensure people affected by landmines are not forgotten, and bring about the change in global commitment needed to make the 2025 goal a reality.