The ICRC held a conference from 19 to 21 February 2003 entitled The Missing - Action to resolve the problem of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence and to assist their families . The aim of this report is to inform participants at the 28th International Conference regarding the main results of the conference held in February.
The report contains the following:
1. Introduction – Excerpt of the Summary of the Conclusions arising from Events held prior to the International Conference of Governmental and Non-Governmental Experts (19-21 February 2003) – pages 2 to 4 .
2. Report by the Chairman of the Working Group on the Observations and Recommendations to the Plenary meeting of the International Conference of Governmental and Non-Governmental Experts , Mr Nicolas Michel, Director, Directorate of Public International Law, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland – pages 5 to 7 .
3. Observations and Recommendations , adopted by Consensus on 21 February 2003 by the International Conference of Governmental and Non-Govern mental Experts – pages 8 to 11 .
At the 28th International Conference, participants will also receive a full version of the Summary of the Conclusions arising from Events held prior to the International Conference of Governmental and Non-Governmental Experts
These documents are intended to raise awareness among conference participants of the major implications in humanitarian terms of persons who go missing in connection with conflicts or violence and the effects on their families. They will also provide food for discussion – primarily during discussions in the commissions and the Drafting Committee – under the section of the Agenda for Humanitarian Action devoted to this issue.
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