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MEETINGS 2013-2015

393rd meeting :   "Saving Limbs and Lives - Engineering Bans on Anti-Personnel Mines and Cluster Munitions."

Tuesday, 21st July 2015.

A talk by Susan Walker

The Talk:
Susan B. Walker will speak about how the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was able to convince the world to BAN anti-personnel mines in 1997 - the first time that a conventional weapon in widespread use had ever been banned and in record time.  And then did the same thing again in 2008 with the Cluster Munition Coalition, when the world banned cluster munitions (aka "bombies" that were used by the millions in Laos). There are now 162 countries on board the AP Mine Ban Convention and 112 countries which have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) so far.  Walker will speak about how "ordinary people can do extraordinary things and change the world", as civil society did with these two Conventions. She will also address emerging issues such as Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (aka "Killer Robots"). 

The Speaker:       
Susan B. Walker has 35 years experience in international humanitarian relief and development field operations, disarmament and humanitarian advocacy work, with 15 years in the field (1979-1994) working with Southeast Asian refugees and Thai & SEA villagers, including literally tens of thousands of cluster munition and landmine survivors.  Since 1994, Walker has worked primarily on the negotiation and implementation of the 1997 AP Mine Ban Convention (AP-MBC) and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) based in Geneva.  She returned to Thailand and the region in January 2015..

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