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Today's Mine Action News (18th October 2016)

Posted on October, 18 2016

ASIA

Cambodia
Border Officer Loses Leg to Landmine
[Cambodia Daily] A border police officer is set to have his right leg amputated today after stepping on a land mine while on patrol with his battalion in Oddar Meanchey province on Wednesday.

Iraq
Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment, Japan and UNMAS Celebrate Certification Ceremony for Mine Action Officials
[UNAMI] UNMAS held a certification ceremony for thirteen senior officials from the Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action (DMA), the Ministry of Health and Environment, following their completion of an intensive risk education and victim assistance management course funded by the Government of Japan to support humanitarian mine action in Iraq.

Iraqi Citizens at Risk and Struggling to Return to Normal Life: UN Envoy
[UN Radio]  Civilians in Iraq are living under constant threat of mines and explosives, the UN has said. Ms. Agnès  Marcaillou, the director of UNMAS recently spoke about mitigating the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and other countries.

EUROPE

Italy
Mine Action: Ladsous, “Crucial for Stabilization”; Italy Chairs Support Group, Announces Increased Contribution
[ONU Italia] “Mine action is crucial for stabilization. I thank all of you for precious and tough work”: the Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous was the keynote speaker at today’s closed doors meeting of the Mine Action Support Group (MASG) chaired by the Italian Deputy Representative at the United Nations Inigo Lambertini and hosted at the Italian Mission to the UN.

Germany
U.S. Navy Completes First Major Technological Milestone in Baltic Sea
[DVIDS] Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division mine warfare (MIW) experts completed their first major milestone of the Allied Munitions Detection Underwater (ALMOND-U) Initiative, a joint project with an organization under the German Navy, on Sept. 19, 2016. 

Switzerland
Mine Action Strategy of the Swiss Confederation 2016-2019
[Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation] Switzerland is committed to a world without anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war. The strategy sets out the Federal Council's areas of focus and priorities. This commitment is part of Switzerland's foreign policy priorities.

Drones in Humanitarian Action: Simulation - Drones for Search and Rescue in Emergency Response Simulation
[Swiss Foundation for Mine Action] A three-day emergency response simulation tested the use of drones in support of search and rescue operations in a hypothetical country affected by a severe refugee crisis while being hit by a hurricane with subsequent flooding and landslides. The test showed that drones were of limited use in this simulation but that they have potential to become part of the emergency response toolkit for very specific tasks.

GLOBAL

Statement by Ms. Agnès Marcaillou, Director, UNMAS - ‘Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat Mitigation: Lessons Learned from Iraq’ Side Event
[UNMAS] Our distinguished panellists have made a strong case that IED contamination in Iraq today is a significant problem posing an immediate threat to the lives of thousands of forcibly displaced Iraqis who want to return home and to a normal life. Children want to go back to school, women and men want to rebuild their businesses and enjoy stability, progress and prosperity in their communities and cities again. 

The CMC Addresses States at UN Headquarters
[CMC] As states gather at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss disarmament and international security, the Cluster Munition Coalition calls on them to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions. Below, our statement delivered on 12 October 2016. For more on First Committee debates, follow the First Committee Monitor.

 

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