P04-GL01UNMAS, members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA)UN mine action team, donors, mine-affected states, UN managed and supported mine action programmes worldwide
Contractual services (graphic design, editing, web programming and hosting, printing)US $191,900.00
Geneva Liaison Office costsUS $333,420.00
Operating expenses (supplies, equipment. communications, conference services, training)US $332,750.00
Programme support costsUS $541,602.00
Staff costsUS $2,823,100.00
Travel of staffUS $485,000.00
TOTALUS $4,707,772.00
ProjectCoordination of UN Mine Action
Area of Workn.A.
Appealing Agency
Project Contact PersonGaylard, Maxwell (gaylard@un.org)
Project Budget2008: US $4,707,772.00
Funds Requested2008: US $4,707,772.00
Implementing PartnersUNMAS, members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA)
Targeted BeneficiariesUN mine action team, donors, mine-affected states, UN managed and supported mine action programmes worldwide
Project Duration01-01-2008 through 01-12-2008
Project CodeP04-GL01

In 2008, UNMAS headquarters and its Liaison Office in Geneva will work with a wide range of UN and other partners to fulfil all aspects of its position as a focal point for mine action within the UN system. UNMAS plays a coordinating role within the UN system, and in the field in UN-managed mine action programmes and emergency response situations.

* Provide coordination, policy development and strategy implementation: Within the UN system, UNMAS coordinates and monitors implementation of the UN inter-agency policy on mine action. To this end, UNMAS chairs the IACG-MA and the Committee on Mine Action, and provides secretariat support to the Mine Action Support Group. In addition, the UNMAS Liaison Office in Geneva regularly convenes Geneva-based members of the IACG-MA to help ensure that their mine action policies and programmes adhere to the inter-agency policy and the 2006-2010 UN mine action strategy to the fullest extent possible. UNMAS will support UN country teams in mine-affected countries to implement the mine action policy and strategy. It will coordinate the monitoring of progress towards the achievement of the strategy’s goals and objectives, and will report on progress in the Secretary-General’s report on assistance in mine action for the 64th UN General Assembly. UNMAS will continue to coordinate UN input to the work of the states parties to the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). It will advocate for ratification and implementation of international agreements such as the new international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and for the negotiation and adoption of a legally binding instrument banning cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians. UNMAS will continue to coordinate the integration of mine action issues across the UN system, providing input and support to the work of inter-governmental bodies, such as the General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and the UN Security Council, as well as the IACG-MG in its capacity as mine action lead under the protection cluster chaired by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
* Offer programme initiation support and evaluation: UNMAS will develop and implement programme plans in humanitarian emergencies or peacekeeping operations. Activities will include coordination of implementing partners, the provision of quality assurance, operational demining through contractors or International Mine Action Standards (IMAS)-compliant peacekeeping troops, and initial capacity development of national and local institutions and organizations. UNMAS will support the establishment of baseline data on casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), and help achieve the targets for reducing casualty levels and rates established in the 2006-2010 mine action strategy. The role of mine action in peacekeeping operations has evolved from supporting UN Force activities to enabling overall mission objectives and explicit mandates, including humanitarian demining in some instances. UNMAS will also ensure the availability of landmine and ERW safety training to UN and non-UN personnel working in affected areas, which can now be achieved through a self-taught course on CD-ROM. In 2008, support will be provided to UN mine action programmes in Afghanistan, Chad, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, the Republic of Serbia (Kosovo), southern Lebanon, Sudan (including Darfur), the Temporary Security Zone between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the Western Sahara. UNMAS will also address new emergencies as required, through its rapid-response plan (see separate project).
* Assess and monitor threats: In 2008, UNMAS will monitor emerging and evolving global landmine and ERW threats, reporting to the IACG-MA monthly, and will convene Mine Action Planning Group meetings involving UN partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and affected states as required. UNMAS will continue to coordinate missions to assess and monitor the global landmine threat with a view to identifying needs and developing responses in consultation with national authorities and UN country team members. UNMAS will assist impact surveys to produce data to inform prioritization of mine action operations and national plans.
* Develop and promote standards: UNMAS is responsible for the development, maintenance and promotion of technical and safety standards for mine action. In partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), UNMAS publishes the IMAS. The requirement for additional or revised standards is passed through the IMAS Review Board, chaired by UNMAS, for consideration. UNMAS will also contribute to the development of IMAS for victim data collection and surveillance, and support the work of the co-chairs of the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty’s standing committee on victim assistance.
* Provide technical information: In 2008, UNMAS will assist in the collection and dissemination of technical information, the distribution of lessons learned, and the practical provision of assistance in the coordination and direction of international research and development. UNMAS will work closely with the GICHD, field programmes, NGOs, other operators, and the research and development community to further define operational needs and make technology information readily available to practitioners.
* Conduct information and communication outreach: UNMAS plays a vital role in communicating mine action news and information to policy makers, the UN and diplomatic communities, programme managers, the media and the general public. UNMAS employs electronic communications, including multiple websites, and print communications to reach its target audiences. Through a communications working group, UNMAS will continue to coordinate mine action communications among all 14 mine action partner organizations and implement an inter-agency communications strategy. In 2008, UNMAS will coordinate the UN’s global publicity for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
* Advocate for gender and treaty implementation: UNMAS chairs the Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Gender and Mine Action and will support implementation of the Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes. It will also back field-based efforts to ensure compliance with international instruments and commitments on landmines and the rights of individuals affected by them, including through efforts to elicit commitments from non-state actors to halt new deployments of landmines and ERW, destroy stockpiled landmines and ERW, and comply with relevant international law. UNMAS convenes the Cluster Munitions Working Group of the IACG-MA, and will continue to coordinate the development of UN positions and contributions to efforts to develop a legally binding instrument that addresses the impact of cluster munitions. The UNMAS Liaison Office in Geneva provides special policy and legal advice in these areas.
* Liaise with donors and manage resources: UNMAS will continue to promote the principles of good humanitarian donor-ship, ensure timely reporting to donors on the use of voluntary contributions, and coordinate the production and dissemination of print and electronic resource mobilization tools such as the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects. UNMAS will work with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to ensure accurate financial tracking of portfolio projects in countries with consolidated appeals. UNMAS will also continue to expand partnerships with UN agencies and funds, international NGOs and the private sector to improve the coherence and efficiency of the sector, including in fundraising activities to meet priority needs in mine-affected countries.
* Perform financial management: The majority of UN mine action activities are funded from voluntary contributions that UNMAS manages through the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action (VTF). In 2008, UNMAS will complete the installation of a data management system to increase the efficient management of VTF funds, UN managed programmes and donor reporting.

* Inter-agency coordination will ensure consistent implementation of the UN mine action policy and strategy, and integration into relevant treaty discussions.
* The UNMAS annual report will reflect significant progress towards the UN’s strategic goal of working in partnership with others to reduce the threats posed by landmines and ERW, to the point at which UN assistance is no longer necessary.
* Field operations will be established, maintained, expanded and coordinated as needed in 10 countries or territories.
* The global threat and impact of landmines and ERW will be regularly assessed.
* Mine action standards will be developed, revised and disseminated as needed.
* New or improved mine clearance and other technologies will be developed or adapted to improve the efficiency and safety of operations.
* News and media reports about landmine and ERW problems and mine action initiatives will reach a wider audience in affected and donor countries.
* Gender considerations will be further integrated into all aspects of mine action, and gender balance will advance in all UN managed mine action programmes.
* Measurable progress will be made to reduce accident rates in UN managed programmes, while survivors' rights will be promoted.
* UN Member States will appreciate the UN contribution to efforts to develop a new instrument of international humanitarian law addressing the impact of cluster munitions.
* Donors will receive timely reports on the use of their mine action contributions to UNMAS, and continue to provide flexible, multi-year support for UN mine action programmes and coordination.
* The VTF will be managed by UNMAS and used as a resource for the wider mine action sector.

$2 823 1002008Staff costs
$191 9002008Contractual services (graphic design, editing, web programming and hosting, printing)
$485 0002008Travel of staff
$332 7502008Operating expenses (supplies, equipment. communications, conference services, training)
$333 4202008Geneva Liaison Office costs
$541 6022008Programme support costs
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 to Monday, December 1, 20082008NoGaylard, Maxwell0