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 worldwideNo
ProjectCoordination of UN Mine Action
Area of Workn.A.
Appealing Agency
Project Contact PersonFlanagan, John (flanagan@un.org)
Project Budget2009: US $4,772,863.00
Funds Requested2009: US $4,772,863.00
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 Duration01-01-2009 through 01-12-2010
Project CodeP04-GL01
BUDGET ITEMS IN US$2009
Contractual services (ERP, graphic design, web support, printing)US $214,800.00
Operating expenses (supplies, equipment. communications, conference services, training)US $105,730.00
Premises (New York and Geneva); rental and maintenanceUS $276,000.00
Programme support costsUS $549,090.00
Staff costsUS $3,137,243.00
Travel of staffUS $490,000.00
TOTALUS $4,772,863.00

In 2009, 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, provides secretariat support to the Mine Action Support Group, and coordinates IACG-MA meetings at the principals level, which are chaired by the DPKO Under-Secretary General. UNMAS also convenes the Cluster Munitions Working Group of the IACG-MA, and will coordinate UN support to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, as required by Member States. It will assist the development of UN positions and contributions to efforts to develop other legally binding instruments that address the impacts of cluster munitions. The UNMAS Liaison Office in Geneva provides special policy and legal advice in these areas. It 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.
* Support UN country teams in mine-affected countries to implement the mine action policy and strategy. UNMAS 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. It will advocate for ratification and implementation of new treaties such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, including through field-based advocacy activities, the development and dissemination of advocacy tool kits and briefings for UN Member States in coordination with other IACG-MA members. 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 UN 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 the 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 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 2009, support will be provided to UN mine action programmes in Afghanistan, Chad, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, southern Lebanon, Nepal, the Republic of Serbia (Kosovo), Sudan (including Darfur) and Western Sahara. UNMAS will also address new emergencies as required, through its rapid response plan (see separate project).
* Assess and monitor threats. In 2009, 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 coordinated through the IMAS Review Board, chaired by UNMAS. 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 2009, UNMAS will assist in the collection and dissemination of technical information, and the distribution of lessons learned. It will support the coordination and direction of international testing and evaluation, and research development. UNMAS will work closely with GICHD, field programmes, NGOs, other operators, manufacturers, and the research and development community to further define operational needs and make technological information readily available.
* 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 2009, UNMAS will coordinate UN global publicity for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
* Advocate for gender mainstreaming in mine action. UNMAS chairs the Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Gender and Mine Action and coordinates efforts aimed at ensuring that mine action programmes have equal impacts on women, men, boys and girls, and that both women and men inform and participate in the implementation of such programmes. In 2009, UNMAS will coordinate the revision of the Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes. It will conduct a needs assessment among field programmes to ensure that sufficient capacity exists both at national and international levels for the implementation of the guidelines. This will take place with a view to building the capacities of the programmes through training, cross-mission exchanges and regional workshops.
* Advocate for treaty implementation. UNMAS will 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. In 2009, UNMAS will monitor the use of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tool kit and provide assistance to programmes in related advocacy activities, as required.
* Liaise with donors and manage resources. UNMAS will continue to promote the principles of good humanitarian donorship, 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 fund-raising 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 2009, 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 strategic goal of working in partnership with others to reduce the threats posed by landmines and ERW, to the point where UN assistance is no longer necessary.
* Field operations will be established, maintained, expanded and coordinated, as needed, in 10 countries or territories.
* The global threats and impacts from 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 researched and developed where practical, 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.
* The implementation of international human rights standards, including those in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as new legal instruments relevant to mine action, such as the Convention on Cluster Munitions, will be advocated; compliance with commitments on the rights of individuals affected by landmines and ERW will be sought with state and non-state actors.
* 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 impacts of cluster munitions.
* Donors will receive timely reports on the use of their mine action contributions to UNMAS, and will 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.

$3 137 2432009Staff costs
$214 8002009Contractual services (ERP, graphic design, web support, printing)
$490 0002009Travel of staff
$105 7302009Operating expenses (supplies, equipment. communications, conference services, training)
$276 0002009Premises (New York and Geneva); rental and maintenance
$549 0902009Programme support costs
Thursday, January 1, 2009 to Wednesday, December 1, 20102009NoFlanagan, John