A constellation of leaders in the worldwide movement to ban antipersonnel landmines gathered at the United Nations this week to announce new initiatives in the ban effort. Just two weeks ago, Burkina Faso became the 40th nation to ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The treaty will now enter into force on March 1, 1999 — faster than any major treaty in history.
- Susan Walker, Co-coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines.
- Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the Ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines.