On Tuesday 4 April – International Mine Awareness Day – His Royal Highness Prince Harry will attend the Landmine Free World 2025 Reception at The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
Organised and presented by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and The HALO Trust, the reception brings together the weight and might of the world’s two leading landmine charities to galvanise support for their campaign to rid the world of landmines by 2025.
Following a speech and introduction by Chief Executive of MAG, Jane Cocking, and The HALO Trust Chief Executive, James Cowan, Prince Harry will give the keynote speech. He will be followed by a speech from International Development Secretary, Priti Patel.
2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty in Ottawa and this reception will bring together people who were involved in the landmark campaign for the ban.
One person, who was closely involved with the work that led to treaty, and whose absence will be keenly fought at the reception, is Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The late Princess did significant work behind the scenes to facilitate a successful signing of the treaty and notably visited Bosnia and Angola to raise awareness for the issue.
Kensington Palace said that Prince Harry is ‘pleased to have this moment to recognise the significant contribution his mother made in this field’ in this, the year marking the twentieth anniversary of her passing. He is also said to be looking forward to the opportunity to recognise MAG, HALO and the UK government’s progress in this area and to helping continue to raise awareness of the campaign to make the world landmine free by 2025.
Like his mother before him, Prince Harry has visited minefields in Angola (as well as Mozambique) and witnessed the devastating impact of landmines on the individual and community.
Though nearly 30 countries have been declared mine-free, more than 60 million people are still at risk from landmines. This joint call from MAG and HALO makes it clear that much still needs to be done to deliver on the promise made in 1997 of a world free of landmines.