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Today's Mine Action News (29 April 2013)

Posted on April, 29 2013

AFRICA

Mali
Security Council Unanimously Approves New UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali
[UN News Centre] The Security Council today approved a 12,600-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to take over from the African-led mission in Mali on 1 July and authorized the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for the provision of humanitarian aid.

South Sudan
A New Mine Risk Education Team Is Born
[DCA] The DCA Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programme is steadily growing in South Sudan. Having begun operations in January 2013, the programme now has two fully accredited Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams and two Risk Education (RE) teams.

ASIA
Afghanistan
Gunmen Release 9 Afghan Mine Clearers: Officials
[AFP] Gunmen have released nine mine clearers held hostage for four days in Afghanistan's restive southern province of Kandahar, officials said Saturday.

Fast Facts: Mine Action Program of Afghanistan (MAPA) 4th Quarter 1391/January to March 2013
[MAPA]  In the last quarter of 1391, according to the MAPA records 140 Afghans were killed or injured by mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), representing a significant decrease from a quarterly average of 507 casualties recorded in 1380 (2001).

AMERICAS
Peru
Peru to Enhance Its Commitment to Landmine Survivors and Other Persons with Disabilities
[APMBC] Peru, one of 28 States Parties of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, that has reported a significant number of landmine survivors, is leveraging high-level interest in addressing its landmine challenge to improve the condition of all persons with disabilities including landmine survivors, through a revision of its National Plan for Persons with Disabilities. 

EUROPE
Norway
Intersessional Meeting shows progress in implementing the Convention on Cluster Munitions
[Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva] The 2013 Intersessional Meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions took stock of the implementation of the Convention, midway through the Norwegian Presidency. 

MIDDLE EAST
Syria
Security Council Must Ensure an End to the Violence Against Children in Syria
[UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict] More than three million children in Syria suffer from the consequences of the ongoing conflict. “This emergency is a children’s crisis,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict alerted the Security Council this morning during an open briefing on the Syrian crisis.

GLOBAL
A Guide on Transitioning Mine Action Programmes to National Ownership, April 2013
[GICHD] Nine country case studies were commissioned by the GICHD in 2010 and 2011 to highlight the various contexts, processes and challenges mine action programmes encounter while transitioning to national ownership. The result is the Guide to Transitioning Mine Action Programmes to National Ownership, produced in collaboration with UNMAS. The Guide aims to provide hands-on guidance on how to plan and implement transition processes.

 

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