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Today's Mine Action News - International Mine Awareness Day 2014

Posted on April, 16 2014

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SG's Message for 2014 - International Mine Awareness Day
[UN] It is often said that women hold up half the sky. This year on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance, we focus on the important role of women in safeguarding the earth.

[Video] Douglas - A Marco Grob film - Narrated by Daniel Craig
[UNMAS] Douglas Maketiwa protect us all. He is an explosives expert working in Mali. Douglas finds, gathers and destroys bombs left over from Mali's recent civil war. These explosive are often made into new weapons that target innocent civilians and threaten communities. Join us in eradicating landmines, and in safely storing and destroying explosive remnants of war. 

Betty - A Marco Grob film - Narrated by Daniel Craig
[UNMAS] Betty Augustino is a member of an all-female demining team in Yei, South Sudan. She works with a project run by Norwegian People's Aid, supported by UNMAS. This film documents one day in the life of a deminer doing manual mine detection. The film demonstrates the slow and painstaking process of finding one single mine. Join us in eradicating landmines, and in safely storing and destroying explosive remnants of war.

On International Day, UN Hails Vital Role of Women in Achieving World Free of Landmines
[UN News Centre]  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action, stressing their vital role in advancing the vision of a world free of landmines.

International Mine Action day on April 4th
[iSeek/deleGATE] The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is marked world-over on 4 April. The day was dedicated by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, as well as the progress being made towards eliminating these threats to civilians around the world.

What Motivates You? Mine Action Women in Leadership Tell Us
[iSeek/deleGATE] A continuation of iSeek series on International Mine Action Day – the theme this year is the empowerment of women.

[Webcast] Special Event: Afghanistan - 2023 Mine Free
[UN Webcast] Event organised on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

[Webcast] Panel Discission: 3 Apr 201401:24:39Colombia - Keeping up the Momentum
[UN Webcast] Event organised on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

[Webcast] International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action - Press Conference
[UN Webcast] Guests of the daily noon briefing: Mr. Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); along with H.E. Mr. Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Japan and Chair of the Mine Action Support Group; and Ms. Agnès Marcaillou, Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Geneva
 [Audio File] Press Conference by the United Nations Mine Action Service
[UNOG] Press Conference by UNMAS.

AU
The African Union Commemorates International Mine Awareness Day
[AU] The Commission of the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS), the United Nations Office to the AU (UNOAU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), today, marked the International Mine Awareness and Assistance Day. To this end, an event was organized at the AU Headquarters.

AU provides demining equipment to mark International Mine Awareness Day
[Defence Web] It wasn’t all talk on Friday when the African Union (AU) marked International Mine Awareness Day in Addis Ababa.

CDI
Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux dangers des mines : exposition et démonstrations au programme de l’ONUCI
[UNOCI] La Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux dangers des mines et d’assistance à la lutte anti-mines a été commémorée ce 4 avril par l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire à son siège d’Abidjan, avec une exposition et plusieurs démonstrations de neutralisation et de destruction de mines antipersonnel et d’objets explosifs, faites par l’équipe de déminage du service Anti-mines des Nations Unies (UNMAS).

Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux dangers des mines :Fadwa Benmbareck : « si vous voyez de tels objets, n’y touchez surtout pas ! 
[UNOCI] Dans le cadre de son émission intitulée ’’Entrevue’’, ONUCI FM a interrogé Fadwa Benmbarek, Analyste au service Anti-mines des Nations Unies, dans le cadre de la Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux dangers des mines et d’assistance à la lutte anti-mines célébrée le 4 avril de chaque année.

DRC
[Information Note] UNMAS Launches the National Landmine Contamination Survey Report in the Democratic Republic of Congo
[UNMAS DRC] On 8 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared that April 4th of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. 

[Information Note] Official Launch of the Result of the National Landmine and Cluster Munition Contamination Survey in the Democratic Republic of Congo
[UNMAS DRC] On 05 April 2014, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in the Democratic  Republic of the Congo (DRC) will hold a press conference at the Ihusi hotel in Goma, North Kivu at 10am to launch the final report of the National Landmine and Cluster Munition Contamination Survey. 

Japan

4月4日は「国際地雷デー」 テーマは ~地雷除去に取り組む女性たち~

[UNIC Tokyo] 4月4日は「地雷に関する啓発および地雷除去支援のための国際デー」、いわゆる「国際地雷デー」です。地雷や爆発性戦争残存物(ERW)に対する人々の認識を高めると同時に、こうした脅威から世界中の市民を解き放つために行われている「地雷除去」の取り組みに光を当てる日です。

地雷に関する啓発及び地雷除去支援のための国際デー(4月4日)に寄せて
[UNIC Tokyo] 4月4日は「地雷に関する啓発及び地雷除去支援のための国際デー 」です。国連PKO局地雷対策サービス部(UNMAS)は、地雷・不発弾等への理解と関心を深め、爆発物除去への支援を求めるために呼びかけを行っています。

Lebanon
Cluster bomb survivor spreads awareness
[UNIFIL] He was only seven years old and was playing in the field when he saw a ball and rushed to get it. That was in 1988, in Borghliyeh Village, in the middle of the war in South Lebanon. But the cluster bomb in disguise detonated as soon Hussein Ghandour touched it, blowing away his arm and leg. At the time, there was no one to warn the little boy about mines or unexploded ordnances and about their impact. 

Press Release: International Day for Mine Awareness
[UNIFIL] The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today observed the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. To commemorate this Day the United Nations Mine Action Support Team (UNMAST) hosted a mock minefield and free demining demonstrations for students in three locations in southern Lebanon. 

Mali
[Video] International mine action day in Mali, 2014
[UNMAS Mali]

Activités de déminage au Mali : UN bilan positif selon le chef de la MINUSMA
[MINUSMA] Au cours d’une conférence de presse tenue le 31 mars dans l’après-midi, en prélude à la célébration de la journée internationale de l’action contre les mines qui se déroulera le 4 avril, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies au Mali et Chef de la MINUSMA, Albert Gerard Koenders a indiqué que 95 civils maliens dont 60 % d’enfants ont été les principales victimes des mines ces dernières années au Nord du Mali.

Somalia
Women of the Diaspora Making Somalia Safer
[iSeek/deleGATE] H.D.’s family fled the Somali civil war in the 1990s when she was just five years old. Growing up in the UK, however, didn’t mean she was disconnected from what was happening at home in Somalia: “My family’s obsession with news, the developments in Somalia in particular, had a huge impact on me”.

[Video] UNMAS Somalia - Stockpile Management
[UNMAS Somalia] UNMAS Somalia provides explosive risk education to over 10,000 Somalia every day. This moving message from an impacted Somali reminds us why this life-saving work must continue.

[Video] UNMAS Somalia -  Reconstructing homes
[UNMAS Somalia] UNMAS Somalia provides explosive risk education to over 10,000 Somalia every day. This moving message from a Somali refugee who returned home reminds us why this life-saving work must continue.

[Video] UNMAS Somalia - Mother and child victim
[UNMAS Somalia] UNMAS Somalia provides explosive risk education to over 10,000 Somalia every day. This moving message from a Somali mother whose children were killed by unexploded ordnance reminds us why this life-saving work must continue.

[Video] UNMAS Somalia -  Sisters of Somalia
[UNMAS Somalia] Somalia is littered with unexploded bombs, landmines and weapons. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has supported hundreds of Somali women to be trained to clear mines and unexploded ordnance, assist victims, and pass knowledge of the risk to their communities. 

[Video] UNMAS Somalia -  Somali Women and Mine Action
[UNMAS Somalia] Dumarka Soomaalida oo waxyaabaha qarxa fariintooda faafinaya / Somali women spreading awareness on mines and explosives

South Sudan

[Press Release] International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 

[UNMISS / UNMAS] On 8 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared that April 4th of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. 

Mine Action responds to South Sudan crisis
[UNMISS] The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS)  had adapted its programme in South Sudan to respond to evolving needs during the current crisis, the organization’s programme manager, Lance Malin, said today in a statement.

[Video]  "We support a South Sudan free from landmines and unexploded ordnance"
[UNMAS South Sudan] "We support a South Sudan free from landmines and unexploded ordnance"

Darfur
Averting the Risks of Unexploded Ordnance
[UNAMID] While walking home on 5 July 2013, 14-year-old Kharsha from Zalingei, Central Darfur, picked up an object resembling a small pineapple. Arriving home, she handed it to her four-year-old brother Zakaria. Their mother, Hawaya, was preparing breakfast outside their home when she realized that her son was playing with a dangerous object. Despite her warning, he continued to fiddle with the device, which started emitting a sound. Hawaya quickly alerted other children in the area to move away, but the object exploded, injuring the entire family and leading to the death of her son two days later.

Global
Paul Heslop CNN Interview
[CNN International] UNMAS Chief of Programmes Paul Heslop talks to CNN's Manisha Tank on International Day of Mine Awareness about demining.

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New Muesum Exhibit "Sweepr"

On April 4, New York City Becomes a Digital Minefield
[Wall Street Journal] For most New Yorkers, landmines are a distant danger they will never know or experience. But for millions, landmines are a daily and crippling threat. On April 4(th) , the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) observes the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by sharing an interactive exhibit to help New Yorkers understand just a hint of that fear.

Your Smartphone Could Explode at Any Moment at a New Museum Exhibit About Land Mine Awareness
[Yahoo Tech]  I was walking through the New Museum on Friday morning, admiring the portrait work of photographer Marco Grob, when my smartphone buzzed and informed me that I had been blown to smithereens.

This Interactive Space Lets You Know What It's Like To Walk Through A Minefield
[Fast Company - Co.Exist] If you're reading this, chances are you've never had to walk through a minefield. But land mines are a major problem in the world today. Every day, 10 people are killed or maimed by land mines, according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). 

Ban hails role of women in achieving world free of landmines
[newkerala.com]  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action, stressing their vital role in advancing the vision of a world free of landmines.

United Nations Simulates Violent Land Mines via Apple iBeacons
[Mashable] I made it only two steps before I detonated a land mine. The explosion ripped through my ears as my heart pounded. Were this a real land mine, a recording informed me, my hands would be torn apart. Shrapnel would fly at my face, blinding me. Without swift medical attention, I would die.

Critical Mass and UN Mine Action Services raise awareness in NY
[NY Egoist] For most New Yorkers, landmines are a distant danger they will never know or experience. But for millions, landmines are a daily and crippling threat. On April 4th, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) observes the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by sharing an interactive exhibit to help New Yorkers understand just a hint of that fear.

Ad Agency Creates Chilling Landmine Experience
[Ad Age] For one day at the New Museum in New York City last week, a "Sweeper" exhibit took people through a chilling multi-sensory installation that recreated a walk through a deadly minefield. Created by digital agency Critical Mass, along with the United Nations Mine Action Service, the goal of the interactive exhibit was to bring awareness to the daily threat of landmines that exists for millions of people throughout the world.

New York Museum Using iBeacons to Simulate a Virtual Minefield
[Beacons 4 Retail] A New York museum are using iBeacon technology in a new interactive exhibit to simulate a virtual minefield. The exhibition is for International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, and runs from 4th April.

More progress needed to rid world of mines, Japanese U.N. envoy says
[Global Post] While great strides have been made to realize a world free of landmines, more work needs to be done Japan's deputy ambassador to the United Nations said Friday to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance.

Walking through a minefield in NYC
[Uptown Radio] Landmines continue to be used all over the world – and continue to kill as many civilians than soldiers. The United States is the only Western nation who hasn’t signed the 1997 Mine Treaty Ban, committing to prohibiting the use of mines around the world. The United Nations Mine Action Service today gave New Yorkers a chance to experience what walking through a minefield is like. Eleanor Stanford took a walk.

UN Exhibit Uses BLE to Demonstrate The Danger of Landmines
[ IPG Media Labs] A one-day exhibit at the New Museum in New York City and sponsored by the United Nations Mine Action Service sought to educate the public about the dangers and horrors of landmines throughout the world. What made this exhibit unique was its use of a mobile app and BLE beacons (aka “iBeacons”) to power the experience.

United Nations employs iBeacons, app to create 'virtual minefield'
[Electronista] To help promote awareness of land mines and international efforts to clear them from former battlefields around the world, a museum in New York City will be hosting an exhibit utilizing Apple's iBeacon technology, headphones and an iOS or Android app to create a "virtual minefield." The idea, part of the UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action being held on April 4, is to allow users to experience the fear of land mines.

The Mere Specter of Land Mines Still Haunts Millions
[Vice Motherboard] Rebuilding communities torn by war is a monumental task, one made far more difficult by the nasty remnants conflict leaves behind: anti-personnel mines, IEDs, and other unexploded ordnance that's lurking out of sight. Thousands of people worldwide are killed or maimed by unexploded weapons every year, and the mere specter of explosives lying hidden around communities affects millions.

United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield & raise awareness at NY museum
[9to5mac] We’ve been seeing more and more interesting implementations of iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard that opens up a ton of opportunities for location-based experiences as iOS devices communicate with the beacons around them. This, however, might be the most unique use of iBeacons we’ve seen yet:  For the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action taking place on April 4, New Museum in New York City will host an exhibit that uses iBeacons to simulate a virtual minefield and let anyone experience the danger of land mines.

United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield & raise awareness at NY museum
[iPhonehacks] We’ve been seeing more and more interesting implementations of iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard that opens up a ton of opportunities for location-based experiences as iOS devices communicate with the beacons around them. 

iBeacon Technology To Be Used In UN Exhibit On Landmines
[Ubergizmo] iBeacon is an interesting piece of technology that we’ve seen applied to a variety of scenarios, such as to help enhance the shopping experience and applied even for gaming. Now it seems that the use of iBeacon could be applied towards education where it will be used in the New Museum in New York City on the 4th of April.

UN Taps iBeacon for Educational Efforts
[ZZGoodTech] The list of institutions and organizations turning to iBeacon for practical and educational purposes continues to balloon at a significant pace.

 

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