The Hague, 16 November: Representatives of states and organizations that support and cooperate with the International Commission on Missing persons (ICMP) gathered today at ICMP’s Headquarters in The Hague for the 9th meeting of the ICMP Conference of States Parties Financial Committee and the fourth meeting of the ICMP Conference of States Parties (CSP).
Today’s meetings were chaired by Germany’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Dr. Cyrill Nunn, as Germany has assumed the presidency of the CSP, taking over from the United Kingdom.
ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger briefed the CSP on ICMP’s programs and the evolving nature of the global challenge of missing persons. Among other countries, she cited Ukraine, where “the authorities are trying to develop a missing persons process based on the rule of law, whereby evidence collected in investigations will be able to be presented in court. This is an unprecedented endeavor by a country at war.”
Ms Bomberger also briefed the CSP on ICMP’s program in Vietnam, where the authorities have launched an initiative to account for millions of people who disappeared in the three decades of conflict up to 1975. She noted that the program “is premised on applying the evolving technology of Next Generation Sequencing to extremely eroded PM samples, and could serve as a model for missing persons programs all over the world.”
The CSP will meet again in 2024 to discuss amendments to the 2014 ICMP Agreement, which established ICMP as a treaty-based Intergovernmental Organization. Amendments would be designed to address accession to the Agreement, to facilitate funding and other measures.
ICMP is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization with Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes and to assist them in doing so.