We sat down with Dr. Christina Stenner during the last Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention and had the opportunity to hear her thoughts on mine action and peace mediation.

Dr. Christina Stenner (Mediation Support Officer at the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre) on the panel at the Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention alongside Ambassador Stefano Toscano (GICHD)

Here are some highlights from our interview where she brings up the importance of actions that benefit affected populations and how organisations like GICHD provide their technical expertise.

How can Mine Action (MA) benefit peace mediation processes?

This specific field of expertise has not yet been sufficiently brought into peace mediation processes in the OSCE area. I am personally convinced that both the mediation and MA communities would…

The impact of mines and explosive ordnance

Armed conflicts leave behind dangerous unexploded ordnance and mines, posing a serious and lasting threat to civilians. Explosive hazards have a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, generating humanitarian crises and impeding development for affected countries. Even decades after a conflict has ended, mines, cluster munitions, explosive remnants of war and poorly managed ammunition stockpiles continue to maim and kill. These weapons do not differentiate between military personnel and civilians. Such threats not only force people to live in constant fear, but also they impede daily activities such as farming and accessing…


Working to reduce the impact of mines, cluster munitions & other ERW in partnership with mine action organisations & human security actors. www.gichd.org

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