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Today's Mine Action News (26 June 2013)

Posted on June, 26 2013

AFRICA

Libya
HI Workshop Bolsters Landmine and Cluster Munition Ban Community in Libya 
[CMC] Last month, thirteen people representing Libyan civil society organizations attended a two-day training on the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions, hosted by Handicap International in Tripoli. Participants were recruited from fledgling peace and security organizations who see Libya’s accession to the two treaties as a shared goal.

Sudan
Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund Annual Report 2012
[OCHA] In the 2012 HWP the Mine Action sector prioritized the facilitation of free and safe movement for humanitarian operations through the clearance of landmines and the strengthening of the management and operational capacities of national authorities and implementing partners. 

AMERICAS

Colombia
Landmines Maim and Kill Colombia's Children, Rural Communities
[Reuters] Earlier this month, teenager Juan David Perez and his grandmother were walking in the countryside in northern Colombia when the 13-year-old boy came across an unexploded device. He touched it. The device exploded, killing him.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Worsening Violence Against Children in Afghanistan
[IRIN] One of the victims of last month’s attack on the International Organization for Migration (IOM) compound in the Afghan capital is still to be identified - a six year old boy. 

Myanmar
NPA signs agreement with the EU on Mine Action in Myanmar
[NPA] On May 31st NPA signed an agreement with the European Commission for € 3.5 million over the next 18 months to support the establishment and initial operations of the national Mine Action Centre and to conduct non-technical survey (mapping) and clearance of landmine contaminated areas in Myanmar.  

Thailand
Thailand, Australia hosts three-day international symposium to enhance cooperation and assistance to and among mine-affected countries
[The Jet] Thailand is seeking to enhance assistance and cooperation among mine-affected countries at an international symposium in Bangkok from 23 to 25 June. More than 100 experts and diplomats representing over 35 states and 10 international and non-governmental organisations are taking part in the symposium sponsored by Australia and Thailand.

Bangkok Symposium o Enhancing Cooperation and Assistance
[CMC] What do we know about funding dedicated to assisting victims of landmine and cluster munitions? How can states exchange knowledge at the regional level to increase their ability to deal with the clearance of landmines and cluster munition remnants in the best possible manner? To answer those questions, experts and government representatives recently gathered in Bangkok (Thailand) for two days of discussion on how to enhance cooperation among states and other stakeholders to better the lives of people in areas affected by landmines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war.

EUROPE

UK
The Horror of Landmines
[Shetland News] A GROUP of local artists have raised £425 for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) by writing and producing a short play highlighting the horrific legacy of land mines.

 

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