Colombia has signalled its willingness to be a leader in the global effort to achieve a mine-free world. An international humanitarian demining seminar successfully closed on 16 October in Cartagena de Indias. This meeting was another step taken towards the upcoming Cartagena Summit for a Mine-Free World.
National and international experts participated in the seminar which included a field visit to the recently demined community of Bajo Grande. This remote village located in Colombia's northeast region was abandoned until recently, due to fear of the anti-personnel mines in the area.
The Colombian government invited a group of the seminar participants to witness first hand progress the country has made towards achieving compliance with the Convention. (see video below)