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Today's Mine Action News (1st June 2017)

Posted on June, 1 2017

AFRICA

DRC
[Video] Joelle Farida Kabwana MONUSCO
[UN News Centre] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joelle Farida Kabwana explains why she works for peacekeeping.

Kenya
Somali Islamists Kill Eight Kenyan Officers with Roadside Bombs
[Reuters] Eight Kenyan security officers were killed in two separate roadside bombings in eastern Kenya on Wednesday, senior officials said, and Somali Islamist militants claimed both attacks.

Libya
11 Libyan Women Trained on Small Arms and Light Weapons Awareness by the UN
[UNSMIL] On May 15-19, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) involved 11 women from across Libya in a workshop aimed at enhancing trainees’ capacity to spread Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) awareness messages in their home communities. This event was kindly supported by the Government of Switzerland, and implemented in partnership with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey.

Madagascar
Madagascar Ratifies Global Cluster Bomb Ban
[CMC] The Republic of Madagascar has become the 101st State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, having deposited its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 20 May 2017. The Convention will enter into force for Madagascar on 1 November 2017.

South Sudan
Humanitarian Bulletin South Sudan - Issue 8 | 28 May 2017
[OCHA] Humanitarian organizations are providing life-saving assistance to thousands of people in Aburoc, Upper Nile, who sought shelter there following the government offensive on the West Bank in April. 

AMERICAS

USA
Afghanistan Vet Injured by Landmine Undergoes Experimental Amputation
[CBS] Just looking at Brandon Korona, you would never guess what he is about to do. "I'm at peace with it. My family's at peace with it," Korona said. "And my friends think I'm crazy." He asked doctors to cut off his lower left leg. Four years after it was crushed by a land mine in Afghanistan, he gave up on trying to save it.

Demining in War Zones Creates Paths to Peace
[Dip Note] A key component of the United States’ ongoing stabilization efforts in areas of Iraq liberated from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) involves the safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 

ASIA

ASEAN, Dialogue Partners Discuss Cooperation in Clearing Mines
[Xinhua Net] Experts from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their dialogue partners on Tuesday were discussing plans on clearing mines in the region over the next three years.

Iraq
Ministry of Interior, European Union and UNMAS celebrate the conclusion of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Course
[UNAMI]  UNMAS, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the European Union (EU) celebrated the completion of the ‘Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Course’ which took place at the Ministry of Interior Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Center in Salman Pak. The course was funded through a generous contribution from the EU.

EUROPE

Belgium
International Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices Experts Meet in Brussels
[Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Kingdom of Belgium] From 29 May to 1 June, Belgium hosts the 2nd meeting of the UN working group to prepare standards to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The meeting is organised jointly by the FPS Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Defence Minister Steven Vandeput stress the significant Belgian contribution to this very important fight. In recent conflicts, IEDs have been used increasingly indiscriminately against civilians, humanitarian workers and peace-keepers.

Germany
Germany Issues EUR500,000 for Project to Inform about Danger of Landmines, Unexploded Ordnances
[Interfax-Ukraine] The German government has issued an additional EUR500,000 to support the UNICEF project "Mine Risk Education" in Ukraine in 2017 to inform about the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnances, the German embassy has reported.

Switzerland
Exhibit: 20 Years of Humanitarian Mine Action (19 June -7 July 2017)
[UNOG] The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) wishes to organize an exhibition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UNMAS. The “UNMAS 20 Years” exhibition has already been produced in the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

 

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