On the occasion of the meeting, the Austrian Armed Forces held a demonstration of their most up-to-date mine clearing techniques on the Heldenplatz in the city centre.
Humanitarian concerns prompted Austria to assume a leading role in the innovative process to adopt the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. The treaty on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines was signed in December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada by 121 states. To date, 163 nations have joined the convention and are actively working towards ridding the world of landmines.
In its function as chair of the 16th Meeting of the States Parties, Austria offered an integrative forum for reflection open to everybody, whether it be States Parties, non-States Parties, civil society, international organisations and anybody else with an interest in achieving the objective of the 2014 Maputo Action Plan: a mine-free world by 2025.