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22 December, 2014                                                                                       


Thank you for your support in 2014!
Dear friends,
We are ending 2014 with high spirits looking at the work accomplished by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition. We are determined, with your support, to continue working towards the vision of a world without antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions, where the suffering they cause has ended, and the rights of victims are upheld.
Through our systematic and clear articulation of state-by-state successes and challenges, as well as advocacy at the national and international levels, we have worked hard to ensure continued progress on the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). 
Benchmarks this year include: the dramatic drop in landmine casualties between 1999 and 2014; the commitment by States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty to complete their obligations within 10 years (responding to the ICBL “Completion Challenge”; and Mozambique’s anticipated mine-free status in the coming days–a country heavily impacted by landmines 15 years ago; all strong indications of the treaty’s success to date.
This year also marked the establishment of Central America as the first cluster munition-free region in the world following Belize’s accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the strong leadership by Costa Rica, and the Cluster Munition Coalition in promoting universal membership of the Convention.
We were heartened by both the results of the 3rd Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty in Mozambique as well as by the 5th Meeting of the States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in Costa Rica. These were important moments to strengthen momentum around these conventions and where we presented our research and advocacy messages to a broad audience.
But today landmines and cluster munitions still pose a lethal threat to millions of people in 56 countries preventing access to land and the chance for communities to build safer and more prosperous futures for themselves and their children.
We continued to be deeply distressed by the use of cluster munitions this year, notably in Syria and Ukraine but were encouraged that change is possible when dozens of states, including some who have not yet joined the CCM, responded to our call to denounce the use of these indiscriminate and banned weapons.
Half a million survivors, their families and communities, many living in the most vulnerable regions of their countries are still without the support they need to cope with the life-shattering injuries these weapons cause.
With determination and creativity, ICBL-CMC campaigners continue to play a vital role promoting the widespread stigma on landmines and cluster munitions; working to universalize both treaties; and holding states accountable to treaty obligations.
They do this with the help of regular support and outreach by ICBL-CMC campaign staff and financial support from small grants. Please, take the time to visit the CMC and ICBL Flickr Galleries to see firsthand these activities and the commitment from staff and campaigners.
We cannot continue our work to save lives from these indiscriminate weapons without you!
To support our work please visit our donation page where you can make an easy, safe and quick donation via Paypal.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how your donation can help to eliminate the scourge of landmines and cluster munitions and assist victims, or if you want to get involved!
Thanking you in advance for your generosity, and best wishes for 2015,
On behalf of ICBL-CMC,
Sylvie Brigot-Vilain


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