Since its launch in 1992, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) has pushed for changes in government policies and practices to address the suffering caused by landmines. Representing civil society’s voice in the diplomatic arena, the campaign encompasses national and international nongovernmental organizations and dedicated individuals, who come from many disciplines, including human rights, development, and medical and humanitarian relief.
The ICBL raises awareness and advocates at the national, regional, and international levels. Through its global membership the ICBL brings the reality of mine-affected communities into the diplomatic arena. ICBL campaigners around the world work in a spirit of cooperation with their governments and other partners to ensure countries join the Mine Ban Treaty and live up to the letter and spirit of the treaty.
The ICBL and Jody Williams received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to achieve a treaty banning antipersonnel landmines. In 2011 the ICBL merged with the Cluster Munition Coalition to become the ICBL-CMC, one organization with separate campaigns on landmines and on cluster munitions. The campaign work of both the ICBL and the CMC is underpinned and supported by the research work of the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.