How Landmines Paved a Way for UN Reform

Lloyd Axworthy, member of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, recently published in the Boston Globe an op-ed about the challenges and opportunities facing the United Nations. Mr. Axworthy was the Canadian foreign minister from 1995 to 2000.

IN 1997, MORE than one hundred government delegations and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Ottawa. The occasion was to sign a treaty comprehensively banning the use of land mines against humans — the Mine Ban treaty, as it is known. At the center of this accord, were the tireless efforts by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a coalition of civil society groups that would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which worked with a number of like-minded governments to put effective pressure on wavering states to join the process. Read the entire article

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