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Today's Mine Action News (13th September 2016)

Posted on September, 13 2016

AFRICA

South Sudan
UNMAS Clearance of Green Hill Primary School, Gudele
[UNMISS] The fighting which broke out in Juba, at the beginning of July, between rival SPLA and SPLA-IO forces littered the capital with explosive hazards. Every year in South Sudan, many civilians are killed or injured by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), which are shells, grenades and other weapons that do not explode upon impact, but remain highly dangerous. 

AMERICAS

Colombia
Colombia Arrives in Israel to Learn How to Clear Landmines
[JTA] A Colombian delegation arrived in Israel to receive training on how to clear land mines. Colombia sought the expertise of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s National Mine Action Authority on clearing its soil of the deadly devices, The Jerusalem Post reported. The delegation arrived Friday.

ASIA

Afghanistan
MAPA Annual Report 1393
[MAPA]  This report is and communicates the joint efforts of all stakeholders to the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA). The opinions and analysis expressed in this report are those of MACCA on behalf of MAPA, which is an UNMAS project in Afghanistan. 

Cambodia
Man Badly Injured in Pailin Landmine Blast
[Phnom Penh Post] An intoxicated man stepped on a landmine in Pailin province early yesterday morning, injuring both of his arms and one leg, according to local police.

Lao PDR 
Lao PDR Writes History by Launching Sustainable Development Goal 18
[UNDP in Lao DPR] As a side event to the ASEAN Summits, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated Lao PDR’s own national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on unexploded ordnance (UXO) today.

Unexploded Ordnance Clearance in Xieng Khouang Receives a Boost
[UNDP in Lao PDR] UXO clearance and survey in Xieng Khouang set to continue with certainty thanks to strong support to the Government of Lao PDR from New Zealand and the UNDP.

Yemen
Yemen: Houthi Landmines Claim Civilian Victims
[HRW] The use of landmines by Houthi forces and their allies in Yemen’s third-largest city of Taizz has caused numerous civilian casualties and hinders the return of families displaced by the fighting.

OCEANIA

Australia
Curtis McGrath: Soldiering on at Rio Paralympics
[Chinchilla News] Curtis McGrath set the goal of making the Paralympics while waiting to be transported to a military hospital in Afghanistan. He had lost his legs, but not his will to achieve.

GLOBAL

State Parties to UN-Backed Treaty Agree to Aim for Clearance of Cluster Bombs by 2030
[UN News Centre] An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs ended today in Geneva, with an agreement on a target to complete by 2030 clearance of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians.

Political Declaration 6MSP
[Cluster Munition Convention] The Convention on Cluster Munitions is a young, vibrant and successful treaty. We now have 119 States that have committed to the Treaty, of which 100 have also ratified/acceded to it. In partnership with international organizations, expert organizations and civil society, implementation has been swift since its entry into force in 2010. 

Nations Condemn Use of Cluster Bombs
[HRW] Nations attending the annual meeting of the international treaty banning cluster munitions on September 7, 2016, condemned the continued use of these weapons in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. During the three-day meeting in Geneva, first responders, local activists, and journalists reported at least eight cluster munition attacks in Syria, some of which, they reported, killed and injured civilians, including children.

Activists Aim For Cluster Munitions Free World By 2030
[VOA]  A three-day conference on strengthening the treaty banning the use of cluster munitions has ended on a high note. More than 100 state parties have agreed to set a target date of 2030 for the clearance of these weapons from contaminated states.

 

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