Mine Action in Angola: The Role of the International Community
HE Helen Meagher La Lime, US Ambassador to Angola
Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chris Loughran, Director of Policy, Mines Advisory Group
Dr Sarah Njeri, Research Officer, Leeds Trinity University
Chair: Chi Onwurah MP, Chair, Angola APPG
Twenty years since the visit to Angola by Princess Diana in 1997 to highlight the devastating humanitarian impact of landmines left over from the civil war, Angola has still not achieved the objective of the Ottawa Treaty: to become landmine-free. Despite progress led by international NGOs such as the Mines Advisory Group and the HALO Trust, the socio-economic impact of landmines in Angola’s rural areas continues to ruin lives and prevents much-needed development and economic diversification, including in the agriculture sector.
With the ongoing commodity price downturn, Angola’s own landmine clearance efforts have been hit, whilst UK development assistance to Angola ended in 2011. As the UK commits £100 million to mine action globally over the next three years, this event will examine the role of the international community in Angola and whether the UK can once again support landmine clearance in Angola.