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Today's Mine Action News (15th June 2017)

Posted on June, 15 2017

UN Security Council Meeting on Mine Action (13 June 2017) 

Mine Action Must Extend Beyond Removing Remnants of War to Helping Communities Rebuild, Pursue Sustainable Peace, Speakers Tell Security Council
[UN] Mine action must extend beyond only removing those remnants of war to become a part of an effective toolkit for helping communities and countries recover and pursue sustainable peace, speakers told the Security Council today during a briefing on a comprehensive approach to mine action and explosive hazard threat mitigation.

[UN Web TV] Maintenance of international peace and security

Mine action vital to success of UN peace mandates, Security Council told
[UN News Centre] The mitigation of the threats posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war is vital to the success of United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions, as well as to the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the return of displaced persons, and sustainable development, a senior UN official told the Security Council today.

Statement by Mr. Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions
[UNMAS] The Security Council deploys peace operations in increasingly complex and challenging environments; threats posed by landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices exacerbate humanitarian crises and hinder emergency responses.

Statement by Ms. Nathalie Ochoa, UNMAS Programme in Colombia
[UNMAS] I have been working in mine action in Colombia for the last seven years with civil society and for UNMAS. In Colombia, UNMAS plays the critical role of technical advisor to the National Mine Action Authority, at a moment when the negotiation, design and implementation of a peace accord between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP necessitates a functional, efficient, and effective Mine Action sector. 

France - Statement by Permanent Representative, H.E. Mr. François Delattre [Press Encounter]

[Permanent Mission of France to the UN] Je remercie la présidence bolivienne du Conseil de sécurité pour l’organisation de ce débat important et pour son projet de résolution sur la lutte antimines, sur lequel la France est engagée de manière constructive . Je remercie également le Sous-Secrétaire général Zouev et Madame Nathalie Ochoa Nina pour leurs présentations très éclairantes.

Italy - Statement by Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Hon. Vincenzo Amendola
[Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN] Statement delivered by Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Vincenzo Amendola, at the Security Council briefing on Maintenance of International Peace and Security - Comprehensive approach to mine action and explosive hazard threat mitigation.

Japan - Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Yasuhisa Kawamurae
[Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN] At the outset, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all the innocent civilians who have been killed or maimed by explosive hazards. I would also like to applaud all those working toward demining, including today’s briefers, for their courage and professionalism.

Sweden: Statement by Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Carl Skau
[Government Office of Sweden] Let me begin by thanking Bolivia for putting Mine Action on the Council's agenda today. I would also like to thank Assistant Secretary-General, Alexander Zouev for his useful briefing and special thanks to Señora Nathalie Ochoa Nina for inspiring and passionate statement this morning. 

UK - Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative,  H.E. Mr. Peter Wilson  [Press Encounter]
[GOV.UK] I’d like to thank Mr Zuev and Ms Ochoa for their vivid briefings and I want to particularly thank you for bringing this issue before the whole of the Council. It’s an issue that we seldom discuss, but it has an impact on conflict after conflict ever since the United Nations came into existence. Sadly those impacts are still being felt in too many places today.

USA - Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Ms. Michele J. Sison
[Permanent Mission of USA to the UN] hank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Zuev and Ms. Ochoa for your very informative briefings today. 


More Weapons and Ammunition Destroyed in Abyei
[UNISFA] As part of the continuing efforts to reduce the impact and risk of explosive hazards in Abyei, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on 12 June 2017 conducted another destruction exercise of confiscated weapons and ammunition.

Peacekeeper Profile: Louis Visagie
[UNAMID] Louis Visagie has been working as an Operations and Quality Assurance Officer with UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) in El Geneina, West Darfur since February 2012. In this interview, he speaks of his work and his commitment to protecting innocent civilians from explosive remnants on war.

US Supports Demining Programme in Sudan with 1.5m Dollars
[Journal du Cameroun] The United States has announced a 1.5 million dollars support for the demining programme in Sudan at a donors’ and non-governmental organizations meeting on demining organized by the permanent mission of Sudan in Geneva on Saturday.

10 UNAMID Soldiers Injured in UXO Blast in North Darfur
[Sudan Tribune] Ten soldiers from the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Wednesday have been injured when their vehicle was hit by an explosion while they were on patrol.


Afghan Amputee Swimmer Aims for International Success
[Reuters] It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad's legs for him to find his life's passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan. He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying to recover from years of civil war.

Breaking the Fast with Risk Education Messages
[UNAMI] The 14th day of Ramadan coincides with the full moon, the ultimate indicator for starting and ending the holy month of Ramadan. For the fasting community, this day is important since it marks the middle of the month and it is celebrated with specific food when possible.

Syria: Airstrikes or Minefields—the Deadly Choice Facing Raqqa’s Residents
[MSF] Intensified fighting for control of the Syrian city of Raqqa has forced civilians to either stay in their homes and villages under heavy bombardment, or attempt to leave the city and risk their lives crossing active frontlines and minefields, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.


Landmine Meeting in Geneva Commemorates 20 years of Landmark Ban
[APMBC] The 2017 intersessional meetings of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, are now underway at the United Nations in Geneva. The 8-9 June meeting brings together nearly 300 delegates from more than 70 governments, and 12 international and non-governmental organizations including those representing landmine survivors.

Leaving No One Behind: Mine Action and the Sustainable Development Goals
[GICHD] This joint GICHD-UNDP study explores the links between mine action and the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs and it reflects upon the current understanding of the contribution and impact that mine action is having on achieving the 2030 Agenda in countries affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.


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