Demining funds maintained despite world economic woes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Efforts to get rid of landmines are making good progress in many countries and funding is being maintained despite government budget constraints, a key meeting in Cambodia that closed 2 December shows. But work remains, with 4,000 new victims of landmines each year: six people died in Pursat Province, Cambodia, which hosted […]

Swiss gov’t cluster munitions treaty to Parliament for ratification

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government Monday 6 June agreed, as expected, to ratify the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It signed the treaty in Dublin in 2008, along with 106 other countries, but needed to take the convention through several stages before ratification. A key step was the revision of Switzerland’s war material […]

Swiss gov’t consults citizens on cluster munitions treaty

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss federal government has opened a public consultation on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), approved in Dublin in May 2008 and to date ratified by 46 countries. Switzerland is one of 108 countries that have signed it, but several steps will need to be completed, including consulting interested parties, […]

Evacuations in Vevey, Aargau caused by old grenades, fumes

3 Couronnes fitness room affected; anyone who used the area Monday should call police Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Police in Aarau, canton Aargau, northwest of Zurich, evacuated 120 people Monday 11 October after the discovery of two rusty grenades dating back to the first world war. The discovery was made when family members of a […]

Three Germans killed by WW2 bombs, six injured

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Three people working to defuse a second world war bomb were killed and another six who were involved in the job in central Germany were injured Tuesday, reports AFP. The news agency says four bombs have been found in Berlin in the past month, pointing to the frequency with which old […]

Cartagena opens with US still considering landmine treaty

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The United States heads into the Cartagena Summit, which opens Sunday 29 November in Colombia, now saying that it is continuing to review its policy on signing the international Mine Ban treaty. The US is sending a sizeable official observer team to the summit, with groups from the State Department, Pentagon, […]

Landmine report says progress made, more needed

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Good progress has been made in reducing the number of landmines throughout the world, but much more work remains to be done, with 70 countries still having mines or explosive remnants of war, concludes the Landmine Monitor Report 2009: Toward a Mine-Free World, an annual report published Thursday 12 November by […]

Demining conference wins top Colombian music star

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Colombian superstar, 17-time Grammy award winning musician Juanes, is giving his voice to the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-free World that takes place in Cartagena, Colombia 29 November-4 December. Juanes, who has sold more than 9 million albums worldwide, in 2006 became the first musician ever to perform in the European […]

Swiss call for support of mine ban convention and intn’l conference in Colombia

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland will lead efforts to backup a major conference that opens 29 November in Colombia, the Cartagena summit on a mine-free world. The conference marks the 10th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty entering into force and provides the opportunity for its second review conference to assess progress and how well the […]