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Today's Mine Action News (24th May 2016)

Posted on May, 24 2016

AFRICA

Mali
Landmine kills five UN peacekeepers in Mali
[The Nation] Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and three injured in northern Mali when their convoy hit a landmine and then came under fire from gunmen, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.

South Sudan
UNMAS South Sudan Newsletter - May 2016
[UNMAS] Malnutrition has spiked: nearly 2.8 million people across South Sudan are now nutritionally insecure and this number is expected to rise as we enter the lean season. Nine out of 10 households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry. 

ASIA

Cambodia
Meet Cambodia’s Underwater Bomb Squad
[TIME] Nine men line up on a deck along the Tonlé Sap Lake in Cambodia. The directive is clear. They are to dive blindly into the murky depths of up to 100-feet, against the strong river currents, to find and recover undetonated explosive devices. Barring the safety hazards of a potential underwater blast, there’s one glitch: none of them can swim.

Vietnam
The Vietnam War Is Still Killing People
[New Yorker] On  Saturday, President Obama will set out on a trip to Vietnam, for a visit that’s being billed as looking forward to the future rather than back at the bitter history of the past. On the same day, a funeral will be held in Quang Tri province for a man named Ngo Thien Khiet.

Yemen
British-Made Cluster Bomb Found in Yemen, Amnesty International Says
[Telegraph] Banned British-made cluster bombs have been used by its Gulf allies in their war in Yemen, Amnesty International claim today, calling for an investigation into whether UK nationals have broken the law.

Bomb clearance expert killed by blast during central Vietnam mission
[Thanhnien News] A member of the Norwegian-funded ordnance clearance project RENEW in Quang Tri Province was killed on duty Wednesday morning.

WHS

United Nations Global Advocate Daniel Craig Calls for Mine Action to be Prioritised at World Humanitarian Summit
[UNMAS] . Today at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, Mr. Daniel Craig, called on world leaders to support the United Nations Agenda for humanity and address the threat of landmines and explosive hazards.

Daniel Craig Urges World Leaders to 'Start the Biggest Humanitarian Movement in Our History' at Aid Summit Where Turkey Fires Barbs at the West for Not Doing Enough for Syrian Migrants
[Daily Mail] Daniel Craig has urged world leaders to unite and 'start the biggest humanitarian movement in our history' at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

Celebrity Views -World Humanitarian Summit: "The Way We Respond to Crisis Is Itself a Crisis"
[Reuters] Governments, aid organisations and U.N. agencies are meeting in Istanbul this week to develop a better response to what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, as conflicts and natural disasters have left some 130 million people in need of aid.

UN Humanitarian Summit to 'Shape a Different Future,' Ban Tells Thousands at Opening Ceremony
[UN News Centre] t the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.

Daniel Craig's Moving Humanitarian Summit Talk Emphasizes Landmine Removal
[Mashable] Daniel Craig spoke at the 2016 Humanitarian Conference to urge us all to do something about the thousands of deaths caused by land mines each year. He asks for the systematic removal of these mines, and support and unity in those efforts.

Daniel Craig Urges World Leaders To Unite At World Humanitarian Summit In Istanbul
[ET Canada] Daniel Craig gave a moving speech while taking the stage at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

Calls to End Empty Promises, Share Burden as Leaders Meet in Istanbul Aid Summit
[The National] The burden of handling the world’s crises should be better shared, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday as leaders and aid groups sought to defy skeptics at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.

'James Bond' Star Daniel Craig and Other Celebs Inspire at World Humanitarian Summit
[Gulf Digital News] Governments, aid organisations and U.N. agencies are meeting in Istanbul this week to develop a better response to what has been called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, as conflicts and natural disasters have left some 130 million people in need of aid.

GLOBAL

5月29日は「国連平和維持要員の国際デー」
[Huffington Post Japan] 毎年5月29日は、「国連平和維持要員の国際デー」。この国際デーを記念したセレモニーが、ニューヨーク国連本部で開かれます。国連事務総長が、殉職したピースキーパーらを悼む花輪を捧げ、前年の殉職者の栄誉をたたえるメダルの贈呈式が執り行われます。

Launch of A Guide to Cluster Munitions Third Edition
[CCM] In an effort to promote the effective and efficient implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Implementation Support Unit of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (ISU-CCM) in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) are glad to announce the publication of the third Edition of A Guide to Cluster Munitions.

A Day in the World's Most Dangerous Job
[New Zealand Herald] For most people, one small error isn't the end of the world. But for those clearing the world of landmines one false move can be the difference between life and death.

 

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