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Today's Mine Action News - International Mine Awareness Day 2017

Posted on April, 13 2017

Secretary-General's message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action [Video]
[United Nations] In today’s world, conflicts are multiplying and increasingly interlinked. Most disturbingly, many warring parties shamelessly target civilians and show a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law.

UN Global Advocate Daniel Craig's message for Mine Awareness Day 2017
[UNMAS] UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards Mr. Daniel Craig's message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2017.

Noon Briefing: Agnes Marcaillou (UNMAS), Inigo Lambertini (Italy) and Nazifullah Salarzai (Afghanistan) on International Mine Awareness Day - Press Conference
[UN Web TV] Press Conference on the occasion of International Mine Awareness Day. 

Peace 'incomplete' without demining, UN chief says on World Mine Awareness Day
[UN News Centre] On the eve of the International Day for World Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Secretary-General António Guterres urged all Governments to remember landmines and explosive remnants of war when discussing peace agreements or when sending urgent humanitarian aid to conflict zones.

Lutte antimines : gros plan sur les 20 ans de l’UNMAS
[UN Radio] Qu'est-ce qu'un engin explosif artisanal ». C'etait le thème d'une réunion d'information organisée ce jeudi au siège de l'ONU à New York par UNMAS, le Service de lutte antimines de l’ONU. Un service qui fête cette année ses 20 ans et dont les activités se sont considérablement élargies depuis sa création, pour répondre aux nouvelles menaces posées par les engins explosifs pour les civils, les casques bleus et les travailleurs humanitaires.

AFRICA

CAR
LES NATIONS UNIES SENSIBILISENT LES COMMUNAUTÉS SUR LE DANGER DES ARMES ET MUNITIONS
[MINUSCA] Le Service de la lutte anti-mines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) a rappelé mercredi les risques que représentent les armes et les engins explosifs en République centrafricaine, à l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée internationale de sensibilisation au problème des mines et d’assistance à la lutte contre les mines, vendredi à Bangui et dans les préfectures, sous le thème « lutter contre les armes et les munitions: un devoir communautaire et humanitaire ». 

Nigeria
Nigeria: Boko Haram Mines - UN Team Arrives Nigeria
[All Africa - Premium TImes] A team of UN experts has arrived in Nigeria to assess the number of landmines Boko Haram terrorists have laid in the Sambisa Forest. Agnes Marcaillou, Director, UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the team arrived the country on Tuesday.

Mali
Formation anti-mines des soldats de la MINUSMA à Kidal
[MINUSMA] Le contingent Tchadien de la MINUSMA basé dans la région de Kidal reçoit une formation sur la gestion des mines et des engins explosifs improvisés (IED). Cette formation est d’une importance capitale dans une région où les Casques bleus de la MINUSMA souffrent d’attaques asymétriques récurrentes, des poses de mines et attaques à la voiture piégée de la part de groupes terroristes.

UNISFA
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mince Action
[UNISFA] On 8 December 2005, the UN General Assembly declared 4 April of each year as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

South Sudan
UNMAS Celebrates International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[UNMISS] Unnecessarily cute sniffer dogs, interactive demonstrations of mine action work, an exuberant photo exhibition, a Japanese cultural performance and the launch of a catchy mine awareness song. Juba was treated to all of it, and more, as the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) celebrated its 20th anniversary and the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Sudan
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[United Nations in Sudan] On 8 December 2005, the UN General Assembly declared 4 April of each year as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. 

AMERICAS

Mine Action Day 2017: OAS calls on regional countries to continue clearing landmines
[Merco Press] On this International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2017, the Organization of American States (OAS) wishes to highlight the many significant advances toward the goal of making the Americas the first landmine-free zone in the world.

Canada
Canada pledges more money for demining efforts in Sri Lanka and Ukraine
[RCI] Canada is pledging new money to help clear landmines in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced before she left to attend an international demining event held at Kensington Palace in London Tuesday.

USA
Press Releases: Previewing UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[MilTech] Thank you very much, Operator, and thanks, everyone, for joining us this afternoon for today’s on-background conference call on the UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

ASIA

Iraq
Commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
[UNAMI] Twenty years ago, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, commonly known as the “Ottawa Treaty” opened for signature. 

Lebanon
Challenges and Progress Highlighted at Event Marking International Day for Mine Awareness
[UNIFL] Challenges and progress in clearing explosive remnants of war (ERW) and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in south Lebanon were the highlights of an event organized today to observe the International Day for Mine Awareness.

السلام بدون الإجراءات المتعلقة بالألغام سلام غير كامل
[Al Arabiya] 

Myanmar
Myanmar Marks Mine Awareness Day with $6M Pledge and 30-Year Demining Goal
[Southeast Asia Globe] The Myanmar government announced Tuesday that it would spend $6m on eradicating mines and unexploded ordnance in the country, a goal that an NGO estimated would take up to 30 years.

EUROPE

Netherlands    
Netherlands funding land mine removal in Syria, 8 other war-torn countries
[NL Times] The Netherlands is contributing an extra 2 million euros for clearing land mines in areas in Syria that have been recaptured from terrorist organization Islamic State, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced in London on Tuesday. Every year the Netherlands contributes about 20 million euros for demining in a number of war-torn countries, including Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Somalia and South-Sudan. 

UK
Prince Harry Attends the Landmine Free World 2025 Reception on International Mine Awareness Day
[The British Monarchy] The Reception was hosted by the world's two leading landmine charities, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and The HALO Trust, who aim to free the world of landmines by 2025.

Prince Harry honors Princess Diana's legacy in emotional speech about land mines
[ABC] Prince Harry paid tribute to his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales, in a speech urging people to carry on her fight against land mines.
Harry, who is royal patron of the Halo Trust, an anti-land-mine charity his mother also supported, called on world leaders Tuesday to rid the world of land mines by 2025. Harry made the highly emotional plea to mark International Mine Awareness Day.

Princess Diana in Anti-Landmine Fight: ‘Please Help Me Keep Her Word’
[People] Prince Harry is praising the impact his late mother Princess Diana had in the fight against landmines. The royal, who has continued his mother’s legacy by backing a plan to rid the world of landmines by 2025, gave a powerful speech at Kensington Palace on Tuesday to mark International Mine Awareness Day.

GLOBAL

UN: 40-50 Years Needed to Clear Weapons in Iraq and Syria
[AP- VoA] It will take 40 to 50 years to clear the mines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance from Iraq and Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday.

International Mine Awareness Day
[BBC] April 4 is the UN's International Day for Mine Awareness.
Jane Cocking, chief executive of the Mines Advisory Group, and Jody Williams visiting Professor in Peace and Social Justice at the University of Houston and a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, discuss the fight to eradicate land mines around the World, and the damage they're still causing to development in communities across the globe.

04/04/2017 - BBC with Adrian Chiles
[BBC Radio] The International Mine Awareness Day segment starts around 2:37:40 including UNMAS Chief of the Programme Management, Mr. Paul Heslop's interview.

How It Works - APOPO's Land Mine Detection Rats
[APOPO] More than one-third of the world’s countries are contaminated with anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions or other explosive remnants of war. APOPO's HeroRATs save lives by speeding up detection times and reducing costs. Just one Mine Detection Rat can search around 200 square meters in 20 minutes. 

 

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