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Today's Mine Action News (18th July 2016)

Posted on July, 18 2016


South Sudan
シリーズ「南スーダンからアフリカ開発会議 (TICAD VI) を考える」 (6)
[Huffington Post Japan] 初めてアフリカで開催されるTICADに向けて、国連広報センターでは日本の自衛隊が国連PKOに参加し、また多くの日本人国連職員が活動する南スーダンを事例にして、様々なアクターの皆さんに、それぞれの立場からTICADで議題となる課題について考えていただくという特集をシリーズでお届けします。

Gandari: Fearless Female Deminer Defies All Odds
[News Day]Often regarded as the weaker sex and fainthearted, women have always been relegated to the terraces, while men, considered as macho, have had the indulgence to tackle any feat that requires brawn.


International Donors Come Together for Landmine Clearance in Afghanistan
[Dip Note] The people of Afghanistan face one of the world’s most serious humanitarian challenges. This challenge is posed from the hidden hazards of landmines and unexploded munitions as a result of the 1979 Soviet invasion, several years of internal armed conflict, and the international coalition’s campaign in Afghanistan since 2001.  

Making a Difference in Afghanistan
[Weyburn Review] Jeff McMurdo is working to make a difference in Afghanistan, as he helps ensure his agency will save lives in the long run as they seek to make the country a safer place to live.

Brothers Killed While Playing With Old Ordnance
[Cambodia Daily] Two brothers were killed and their friend was seriously injured on Sunday when unexploded ordnance (UXO) they were playing with exploded in a Tbong Khmum province cassava plantation, officials said on Monday.

SRSG's Statement to the Security Council, 15th July 2016
UN efforts to help stabilise areas newly liberated from ISIL are expanding. This includes Ramadi and soon also Fallujah. Stabilisation efforts can only expand further
after the threat of improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war has been addressed. UNMAS is working in Iraq with partners to address explosive
contamination. It also urgently requires financing of a minimum USD 300 million over the next three years.

Iraq: Laying the Groundwork for Weapons Clearance
[HI] In early 2016, Handicap International launched its weapons clearance actions in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, in Iraq. Clearance operations will soon start in these regions, after several months of preliminary non-technical surveys and the marking of contaminated areas. 

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Urged to Ratify Cluster Convention
[The Hindu] Even as the public discourse continues on the alleged use of cluster bombs in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, a peace activist has pitched strongly for an early ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).


As Colombia Peace Talks Advance, Groups Clear Landmines One at a Time
[Christian Science Monitor] Kneeling down in the middle of a minefield, Noralba Guarin uses a spade to scrape away the hard red earth on a remote wooded hillside in southwestern Colombia.


How 3D Printing Can Save Lives
[IRIN] A twenty-something ordnance disposal technician with the US military, he had sent a robot to disable a bomb, one of the first he had encountered on the battlefield. But it didn’t do the job. 

Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Statement Delivered at the Launch of the Development and Mine Action Support Framework
[UNDP] I am very pleased to chair this first Briefing on Development and Mine Action (DMA). The timing of this event is important. It has been a very busy year for all of us: in January, the Evaluation of UNDP’s contribution to Mine Action and UNDP’s subsequent Management Response were presented to the UNDP Executive Board.


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