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Mine Ban Treaty – 20th anniversary celebration

20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MINE BAN TREATY

On September 18, 2017, the Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal (NCBL) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Before the day of celebration, NCBL advertised the event by posting the information on their website and on their Facebook page as well as sending emails to the Mine Ban community. In preparation for the celebration, NCBL also sent letters about the importance of joining the treaty to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Home Affairs and to the Ministry on Peace and Reconstruction. In those letters, NCBL reiterated that the treaty supports the clearing of landmines and IEDs fields and that Nepal has been free from landmine since 2011.

On the day of the event, members of the NCBL team gathered in Basantapur Durbar Square with a poster, candles and balloons and members celebrated the event with a candle light vigil at sun set. The poster, candle lights and balloons attracted many pedestrians who celebrated with us the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty.