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Today's Mine Action News (7th June 2017)

Posted on June, 7 2017

AFRICA

Angola
Luanda Hosts National Conference on Demining
[Angola Press News Agency] The Angolan government will promote on 22-23 June a national conference on demining at the Palace of Justice in Luanda.

Sudan
The Red Sea State Landmine-Free Thanks to the Contribution of Italy
[Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale] Italy continues to be in the forefront in carrying out mine clearance activities in Sudan alongside the UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service). The complete decontamination of Sudan’s Red Sea State from anti-personnel mines and other types of unexploded devices was announced in a flamboyant celebration in Port Sudan. 

ASIA

Afghanistan
Funding for Mine Clearance in Afghanistan
[Scoop] New Zealand will provide $750,000 to support landmine clearance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. “New Zealand has a long history of involvement in Afghanistan, including support for renewable energy and agriculture projects, as well as the deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force to Bamyan,” Mr Brownlee says.

Cambodia
De-Mining Dogs to Be Given ‘World-First’ Hero's Retirement
[Channel News Asia] De-mining dogs in Cambodia serve esteemed careers helping rid the countryside of buried explosives. However, many are euthanised or left without proper care once they stop working. To help them, a unique retirement home will soon be set up in Phnom Penh.

Iraq
After Liberation from IS, Fallujah Struggles to Rebuild
[AP] Even as Iraqi forces in Mosul close in on the last pockets of urban territory still held by the Islamic State group, residents of Fallujah in Iraq's Sunni heartland are still struggling to rebuild nearly a year after their neighborhoods were declared liberated from the extremists.

A Stabilization Milestone Is Reached in Fallujah
[UNDP] Marking a key milestone in Fallujah’s recovery, the Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) re-opened Al Azrakiyah Water Treatment Plant, which provides safe water to more than 60% of the city.  The rehabilitation of the plant was one of the key projects requested by the Anbar Command Cell, which is responsible for stabilizing newly liberated areas. The team working on the plant repaired the destroyed pump station and supplied key equipment, including water pumps and generators. All of the plant’s buildings and more than 40,000 square meters of land was cleared of explosive hazards by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Palestine
7 Injured by Unexploded Ordnance in Gaza
[IMEMC News] Seven Palestinians were injured after an “unspecific object” exploded in the al-Mughraqa village, southwest of Gaza City, in the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

AMERICAS

USA
US Navy Tests Aerial Drones for Real-Time Mine Detection
[New Atlas] With so much focus on the dangers of landmines that linger long after a conflict has ended, it's easy to forget the main reason these devices are laid in the first place – to slow the advance of an opposing force during a conflict. 

GLOBAL

Security Council Committee on Democratic Republic of Congo Meets with Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mine Action Service
[UN] On 22 May 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Operations and the Rule of Law and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in pursuance of resolution 2293 (2016).

 

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