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Today's Mine Action News (27th December 2016)

Posted on December, 27 2016

AFRICA

DRC
UNMAS Programme in the DRC - 2016 Overview [French]
[UNMAS] UNMAS continues to support the MONUSCO and international community efforts in the protection of civilians, stabilization and assistance to the democratic governance and institutional reforms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

ASIA

Cambodia
25 Years Making Their Communities Safer
[HALO Trust] HALO has celebrated 25 years of humanitarian demining in Cambodia at the once-mined, UNESCO-listed Preah Vihear Temples. HALO held a event to recognise long-serving Cambodian HALO staff on its 25th Anniversary in the presence of the British Ambassador, representatives from the US Department of State and the Vice President of Cambodia’s Mine Action Authority.

Man Unearths 227kg Bomb in Ratanakkiri
[Phnom Penh Post] An excavator operator was lucky to escape with his life on Monday evening after striking a 1970s-era Mk-82 bomb while digging in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district.

Mine Blast Injures Farmers
[Khmer Times] Two farmers were injured, one seriously, yesterday when their threshing machine drove over a landmine. Police in Battambang province’s Samlot district said the pair were driving on a rice field dike.

Iraq
Some 200,000 Iraqis Seen Returning to Their Farms for First Time in Two Years - UN
[Reuters] Some 200,000 Iraqis are due to return to their farms for the first time since Islamic State militants captured large swathes of land in Iraq in 2014, destroying irrigation canals and laying landmines in fields, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Yemen
Saudi-Led Coalition to Stop Using British-Made Cluster Munitions in Yemen
[Reuters] A Saudi-led Arab coalition will halt its use of British-made cluster munitions in Yemen, the Saudi government said on Monday, after 20 months of war in which thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in air strikes.

GLOBAL

UNMAS News December 2016
[UNMAS] On 6 December, UNMAS gave an informal briefing to 60 members of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34), which was established by the General Assembly to conduct comprehensive reviews of all issues relating to peacekeeping.

Enhancing Mine Action Operations with High-Resolution UAS Imagery
[GICHD] Following a two-year feasibility study, The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) last year moved its unmanned aircraft system
(UAS) program into its operational testing phase, working with The HALO Trust and MAG in Angola to analyse the real-world benefits that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can bring to demining activities.

3D-Printed Bone Could Help Landmine Blast Survivors
[Electronics 360] A project, funded by Sir Bobby Charlton’s charity organization Find a Better Way, is on its way to saving the victims of landmine blasts by 3D printing bone. The $3.4 million regenerative medicine project, headed by the University of Glasgow, will seek to generate synthetic bone using 3D printing, nanotechnology and stem cell research.

Linking Mine Action and SSR through Human Security
[DCAF] Security sector reform (SSR) and mine action share a strong common conceptual basis, which draws from a shared understanding of security. They both reflect a conceptualization of security that is not limited to the level of the state, but takes into account security threats and needs at societal and individual levels. 

 

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