12. Recommendation for adoption of the final documents
The conference proceeded during its morning session with an exchange of views on the conference’s proposed outcome documents, with amendments presented by the President. After this exchange of views, the conference recommended the final documents for adoption.
11. Dates, duration and locations of future meetings
The Conference agreed that Presidency of His Excellency, Henrique Banze of Mozambique will continue until 31 December 2014. The Conference further agreed to designate His Excellency Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe of Belgium, President of the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties, with his term to start on 1 January 2015, and to end at the conclusion of that Meeting. Subsequent Presidents will be elected at each Meeting of the States Parties for one-year terms running from the conclusion of the Meeting at which they are elected until the conclusion of the Meeting over which they preside.
The Conference agreed that, beginning in 2015, a Meeting of the States Parties will be convened each year at the end of November or beginning of December until the end of 2018, and that the Fourth Review Conference will be held at the end of 2019. The Conference agreed to hold the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties in Geneva during the week of November 30 to 4 December 2015. The Conference further noted with appreciation the offer made by Chile to host and preside over the Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties.
The Conference agreed that informal intersessional meetings will be held each year, preferably after the 30 April deadline for submitting transparency information, and that they could comprise a thematic segment and a preparatory segment. These meetings need not be more than two days long, permitting them to be scheduled during the same week as the meetings of other Conventions or activities. The Conference agreed to hold intersessional meetings for a period of up to two days on 4-5 June 2015. Further to provisions of the 2011 agreement between the States Parties and the GICHD concerning implementation support for the Convention, the Conference expressed its appreciation for the GICHD’s ongoing support to intersessional meetings.
10. Consideration of submissions of States Parties as provided for in Article 5
The Conference took decisions with respect to requests for extended mine clearance deadlines, which had been submitted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
9. Consideration of the reports and the 2015 work plan and budget of the Implementation Support Unit
The President recalled that the “Directive from the States Parties to the ISU,” adopted by the 10MSP, instructs the ISU to propose and present a work plan and budget for the activities of the ISU for the following year to the Coordinating Committee for endorsement and subsequently to MSPs for approval. The President further recalled that the “Directive” tasks the ISU to report in written form as well as orally on the activities, functioning and finances of the ISU to each Meeting of the State Parties, and, to submit an audited annual financial report for the previous year and a preliminary annual financial report for the present year to the Coordinating Committee and subsequently to Meetings of the States Parties / Review Conference for approval.
The Director of the ISU presented the following documents:
The following delegations shared views with respect to the documents presented by the ISU: Mozambique, Australia, Jordan and Norway, which was followed by the conference approving these documents.
7.e, 7.f, 7.g., 7.h Cooperation and assistance, transparency, measures to ensure compliance, implementation support
Following the high level segment, the Conference merged the remaining thematic items under the review of the operation and status of the Convention. The following delegations shared views:
13. High level segment
At the beginning of the afternoon session on the fourth day, the conference commenced with its high level segment, which featured a message from the Convention’s depository, the United Nations Secretary General, which was delivered by the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane.
The following States Parties addressed the conference during the high level segment: Mozambique, Belgium, Jordan, Tajikistan, Uganda, Sudan, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Zambia, the Holy See, Australia, Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Burundi and Angola. In addition Swaziland submitted a written statement.
The following observer delegations addressed the conference during the high level segment: the ICRC, the European Union, and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In addition, the following delegations signed, or witnessed the signing of the Maputo +15 Declaration, but did not address the conference: the HALO Trust, Cambodia, Poland, Qatar, Denmark, Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luxembourg, Hungary, the UNDP, Niger, Somalia, Cyprus, Peru, Equatorial Guinea, Greece and the Philippines.