Chicago Landmine Organization to Participate in Nairobi Summit

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Landmines Blow!, a Chicago based NGO dedicated to raising awareness of the global landmine crisis will participate in the Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World, the first Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, from November 29 Â? December 3, 2004 in the Kenyan capital.

Landmines Blow!, a Chicago based organization dedicated to raising awareness of the global landmine crisis will participate in the Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World, the first Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, from November 29 – December 3, 2004 in the Kenyan capital. Hundreds of participants including world leaders, government ministers, NGOs, international organizations, youth and UN agencies will gather in Nairobi for the Summit as well as numerous side events.

The Nairobi Summit is the first review conference of the convention, which prohibits landmines and the biggest milepost since its birth in Ottawa in December 1997. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) is working hard to ensure its success, together with partners in government, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and others.

Alison Bock, Landmines Blow! President said,“We are taking part in the Nairobi Summit to add our voices to the call for action to be taken to stop landmines and other explosive remnants of war from destroying livelihoods and lives in the world’s poorest countries and at the same time, highlighting the ongoing crisis landmines and explosive remnants of war cause.”

More than 500 delegates, including decision makers at the highest levels, are expected. President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya will open the event, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan may close it and Pope John Paul II and Jordan’s Queen Noor are also expected to contribute.

Bock founded Landmines Blow!, a grass roots non-profit in 2003. The organization aims to educate and engage American youth while building schools and playgrounds on cleared minefields.

Landmines Blow! is a member of the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines, a nation-wide coalition of nearly 500 non-governmental organizations and thousands of individual members advocating for the US government to join the Mine Ban Treaty and sustain high levels of support for de-mining and victim assistance. It is a member of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

For additional information contact:

Landmines Blow!

P.O. Box 563

Lombard, IL 60148

630-308-0131

630-424-1892 FAX

http://www.landminesblow.org
info@landminesblow.org

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