- Michelle Rosenthal
- Brooklyn, NY
- United States
social worker, Dr Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Should USA and the remaining 39 countries sign the Land Mine Ban Treaty and join with 157 states that already signed it? Why don't we sign?
I was very inspired after seeing the TED Talk by Jody Williams. The Nobel Peace Prize 1997 was awarded jointly to International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams "for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines " See Ted Talk:
According to ICBL 157 states did already sign the Land Mine Ban Treaty and 39 have not. USA and many other powerful states have not yet signed. including:
Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Burma China Cuba Egypt Finland Georgia India
Iran Israel Kazakhstan Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Kyrgyzstan Lao PDR Lebanon Libya Marshall Islands Micronesia Mongolia
Morocco Nepal Oman Pakistan Poland Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Singapore Somalia South Sudan Sri Lanka Syria Tonga United Arab Emirates
United States Uzbekistan Vietnam. To see a list of the 157 states that have signed the Ban go to http://www.icbl.org/
There are still many problems for the countries that have signed the ban to fulfill many of the aspects of the ban such as clearing the landmines.
How can we join together a clear the Earth of Landmines and prevent new ones from being placed. It is dangerous to clear the landmines since they sometimes explode when they are moved but it is dangerous to leave them. Innocent people get hurt/ killed if they come across them accidentally. This is a huge problem for humanity.
Should all countries sign to make the Land Mine Ban Universal and begin to employ the most advanced technology and even some simple but effective solutions to clear all landmines. Please see The Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/bart_weetjens_how_i_taught_rats_to_sniff_out_land_mines.html and
If USA signs the Land Mines Ban other nations will follow suit.
We can tackle this problem if we set our minds to it. Why shouldn't all states sign this ban? Please help!