International Experts unite to support Sir Bobby Charlton’s quest to rid the world of landmines terror

A high powered international line-up of speakers has been assembled at an event to explore the potential to create a landmine free world which will raise funds for the charity Find A Better Way. 

The event at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London, marks the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. 

Find A Better Way, founded by Sir Bobby Charlton, is a unique charity created to provide practical humanitarian solutions to the global problem of landmines.  Sir Bobby set up Find A Better Way after witnessing the untold misery caused by unexploded landmines during a visit to Cambodia. 

The event, on Monday, 19 November, will explore the future for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and ask the question: Is a mine free world a realistic goal? 

It is being hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Landmines and Unexploded Weapons of Conflict. 

The panel will feature Agnes Marcaillou, Director, at the New York based United Nations Mines Action Service (UNMAS), Judy Grayson, Head of UNICEF’s child protection section’s work on armed violence and weapons, Nick Roseveare MBE, Chief Executive of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Chris Austin, Head of the Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Steven Smith, Chief Executive of Action on Armed Violence. 

The discussion will be chaired by Stuart Hughes, Diplomatic Producer at BBC News. 

The event is free to attend although guests will be asked to consider making a donation to Find A Better Way. 

Sir Bobby Charlton said:  “Find A Better Way’s key goal is to develop new technology to accelerate the detection and removal of landmines globally.  We are very grateful to all the speakers and to the All Parliamentary Group of Landmines for their hard work in organizing this event.” 

Find A Better Way has made tremendous progress in its first year as a charity with the excellent support from the leading institutions in the global risk management industry. 

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 For further information contact Nigel Howle on 07762043436, email nigelhowle@o2.co.uk 

Notes to Editors:  The event is being held at the Royal Commonwealth Society, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AP. It is free to attend.  Bookings can be made online at http://landmines20th.eventbrite.co.uk/. Email: eventstea@thercs.org

A press conference will not be held at the event. However, journalists are welcome to speak to Find A Better Way about their work.  Interviews with Sir Bobby Charlton will be considered on request. 

Find A Better Way is working with research scientists to develop technology to accelerate the detection and safe removal of the estimated 110 million landmines in place around the world. 

For more information on Find A Better Way, please visit their website at www.findabetterway.org.uk 

Find A Better Way is based at Booths Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire.