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Today's Mine Action News - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2016

Posted on April, 5 2016

Press Conference: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

[UN Web TV] Press Conference by Ms. Agnès Marcaillou, Director of UNMAS, Mr. Paul Heslop, UNMAS Chief of Programmes and Mr. Daniel Craig, UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April 2016).

UN Geneva Press Briefing
[UN Web TV] Bruno Donat, for the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), announced that on 4 April was the 11th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Landmines killed at least 10 people a day around the world and severely maimed countless more.  Some 40 per cent of those casualties were children.

Mine Action an ‘Investment in Humanity,’ Says Ban, Calling for a World Free of Explosive Remnants of War
[UN News Centre] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon today called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.

Exhibition Links Mine Action and Humanitarian Work
[UN Radio] The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has mounted an exhibition at UN Headquarters that looks at this year's theme: 'Mine Action is Humanitarian Action.' Dianne Penn looked at the photos alongside UNMAS Communications Officer, Lee Woodyear. He talks about some of the images, starting with one taken in Cyprus.

Mine Action "Has to Come First" in World's Humanitarian Crises
[UN Radio - English] Speaking on the International Day for Mine Awareness, chief of UNMAS in Geneva, Bruno Donat, told Daniel Johnson that UN member states are increasingly supportive of the service's efforts.

Journée internationale : Ban Ki-moon met l’accent sur le rôle humanitaire de la la lutte antimines
[UN Radio - French] A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la sensibilisation au problème des mines et de l’assistance à la lutte antimines, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a appelé lundi à augmenter l’appui aux activités de lutte antimines qui contribuent à l’efficacité de l’action humanitaire de l’Organisation.

2016年国际提高地雷意识和协助地雷行动日:排雷行动是人道主义行动
[UN Radio - Chinese] 4月4日是联合国大会于2005年12月通过决议设立的“国际提高地雷意识和协助地雷行动日(International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action)”,今年的宣传主题是:排雷行动是人道主义行动(Mine Action is Humanitarian Action),旨在强调找到并销毁所有地雷和爆炸物、使人道主义工作人员和物资得以顺利抵达救援地点,这对于冲突和冲突后局势中的有效人道主义反应行动至关重要。

Turkey, UNDP Begin Clearing Landmines along Eastern Borders
[UNDP] Marking the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness, Turkey’s Defense Ministry and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a vast programme of demining and increased  surveillance along the country’s eastern borders.

Children killed and injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF
[UNICEF] At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.

School Children Try De-Mining in South Lebanon
[UNIFIL] A hand-held metal detector hovers a few centimetres above the ground, emanating a high pitched electronic tone as its user gingerly scans the ground for mines. Suddenly the pitch of the sound escalates, alerting the handler to a metal object below. 

LUTTER CONTRE LES MINES, C’EST INVESTIR DANS LE RELÈVEMENT DES COMMUNAUTÉS
[MINUSCA] Le 4 avril a été décrété par les la 60ème Assemblée générale des Nations Unies comme journée internationale de la sensibilisation au problème des mines et de l’assistance à la lutte antimines. C’est dans ce cadre que le Service  de l’Action Anti-mines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) l’a célébrée ce samedi 2 avril 2016 à Bangui sous le thème « lutter contre les armes et munitions : un devoir communautaire et humanitaire ».

Statement by Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria and Mr. Kevin Kennedy, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Crisis in Syria, on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[OCHA] Today, the United Nations marks the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This year’s theme is ‘Mine Action is Humanitarian Action’ in recognition of mine action as a vital enabler for humanitarian response, the protection of civilians, freedom of movement for communities and humanitarian personnel, and as a prerequisite to reconstruction and development in conflict and post-conflict settings. 

Press Release: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[UNMACA] As the United Nations prepares to celebrate International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Afghanistan is preparing for an important milestone, the presidential election of April 5th. In this context, UNMAS Afghanistan is marking the day with a recommitment to ensuring a mine-free Afghanistan by 2023 and to building government capacity to manage the residual risk of Afghanistan’s decades-long conflict.

Mine Action Day 2016 (1/7): New York and Geneva
[deleGATE] For the 11th year in a row, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is being marked with events in New York and around the world. 

Mine Action Day (2/7): Events Around the World
[deleGATE] Mine Action Week is just around the corner! As it approaches, UNMAS and its partners are planning events around the globe, from Colombia to Afghanistan, from Lebanon to Côte d’Ivoire. All sorts of activities will be held to bring attention and support to mine action work.

Mine Action (3/7): Shoring up the norms safeguarding our humanity
[deleGATE] Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the occasion of Mine Action Day. In light of the serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in different parts of the world and in the lead-up of the World Humanitarian Summit, he underlined “shoring up the norms safeguarding our humanity” as a core responsibility to be assumed in his “Agenda for Humanity”.

Mine Action (4/7): Preventing and ending conflict and suffering
[deleGATE] “The idea of a so-called winner has lost all meaning: everyone is losing, and the biggest victims are the innocent civilian populations”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a statement that genuinely reflects the sad reality of any and all armed conflicts. It therefore comes as no surprise that ‘preventing and ending conflict and human suffering’ is included in the list of core responsibilities underscored by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his ambitious ‘Agenda for Humanity’ in the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit. And mine action has a key role to play.

UNMAS in Lebanon: Overview of Past Achievements
[deleGATE] The war with Israel left Lebanon with an enduring legacy of explosive hazards in the South. According to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, there were at least 3,723 mine and ERW casualties, 905 of whom were killed and 2,818 injured, by the end of 2014. But times have changed.

国際地雷デー(4月4日)を記念して - 根本所長、南スーダンの地雷除去現場を訪問
[UNIC Tokyo] 地雷・爆発物の処理は人々の人道アクションにつながります。国連では、地雷対策で得た経験と知見を、不発弾(ミサイル、砲弾、ロケット、手榴弾、迫撃砲)から武器や弾薬、即席爆発装置やクラスター爆弾などに至るまでの処理に役立てていますが、これらは人々の安全の確保に加えて、人道援助団体の活動を可能にするアクセスや人々の暮らしを立て直す開発に道を開きます。

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Pope Francis Announces Special Collection for Ukraine
[Telegram] Francis also noted that Monday is the international day against land mines, saying "too many people are killed or mutilated by these terrible weapons, while brave women and men are risking their lives to clear land mines."

James Bond star Daniel Craig calls for more funding for UN anti-mines action service
[International Business Times] British actor Daniel Craig called for more funding for UNMAS, the UN agency that efforts to rid the world of bombs and mines, on 4 April, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Actor Daniel Craig Calls for Funding to Remove Landmines
[Sun Daily] James Bond-actor Daniel Craig, who serves as UN global advocate for the elimination of mines, called on the international community Monday to fund efforts to remove explosives left behind after conflicts.

Bond actor Daniel Craig calls for more funding for UN anti-mine agency
[Stuff.co.nz] British actor Daniel Craig is calling for more funding for the UN agency that defuses mines and other unexploded ordnance, saying the work it does increases the chances of survival for people and aid workers in conflict zones around the world.

UN Chief Calls for a World Free of Explosive Remnants of War
[Business Recorder] N Secretary-General Ban Ki moon Monday called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.

Nobel Laurates and campaigners urge Democratic Republic of Congo to ratify the Convention
[CMC]  On 4 April 2016, International Mine Awareness Day, campaigners from all over the world called on H.E. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action: Goals in Sri Lanka
[Dip Note, US Department of State] The Government of Sri Lanka has announced its intention to be mine-impact free by 2020, a goal which sets the bar high, given that landmines and explosive remnants of war still contaminate many pockets of Sri Lanka. This contamination follows more than three decades of armed conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which sought a separate homeland in the north and east.

UNMAS provides a long-term solution for biggest problem facing war victims
[CIHAN] Marking Mine Action Day, UN Global Advocate on the Elimination of Mines and Explosives Hazards, Daniel Craig, said that as conflicts continue to rage in Syria, in Iraq, in Libya, in Somalia, and in the Sahel, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) “provides a long-term solution to the biggest problem facing the victims of war, how to return to a normal life.”

International Day of Mine Awareness
[defence web] Today – April 4 – is International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and it is commemorated at events at various UN missions, information centres and permanent offices.

Actor Daniel Craig asks for more funding for United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
[Englewood Daily] Bond actor Daniel Craig said on Monday that there should be more funding regarding the United Nations anti-mine agency. The agency defuses mines and other unexploded weaponry. Craig said that the work that the agency does increases the chances of survival for people as well as aid workers in conflict zones all over the world. Craig has been appointed as the Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards last year by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Marking 4 April: Stop cluster bombs!
[CMC] We are marking 4 April, the day of International Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, while regrettably cluster munitions continue to be used in Yemen and Syria-- and to threaten the lives of civilians in these countries. 4 April is observed globally and aims to stop the harm caused by all indiscriminate weapons, including the internationally outlawed cluster munitions.

 

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