Prince Harry attends The Landmine Free World 2025 Reception on International Mine Awareness Day
05 April 2017
Prince Harry attended The Landmine Free World 2025 Reception at Kensington Palace to mark International Mine Awareness Day.
The Reception was hosted by the world's two leading landmine charities, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and The HALO Trust, who aim to free the world of landmines by 2025.
The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty was signed 20 years ago in order to prevent the use and production of landmines across the world – but there are still countries contaminated with the devices.
Several key figures in the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty attended the reception, alongside other senior representatives of governments who support international mine action.
The Chief Executive of MAG, Jane Cocking, and The HALO Trust Chief Executive, James Cowan, spoke before introducing Prince Harry and Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel.
Prince Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was closely involved in raising awareness about landmines, visiting Angola and Bosnia, two countries heavily affected.
In the year marking the twentieth anniversary of The Princess' death, Prince Harry is pleased to recognise his mother's work and the progress which has been made by MAG, HALO, the UK Government and other organisations.
Prince Harry has visited minefields himself, in both Angola and Mozambique, meeting amputees, and witnessing the devastating impact landmines have on some of the poorest people in mine-affected communities.
You can read Prince Harry's full speech here, or watch it below: