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Today's Mine Action News (6th December 2017)

Posted on December, 6 2017

AFRICA

Libya

UN Enhance Capacity of Libyan Security Institutions to Deal with the Threats of Explosive Hazards

[UNSMIL] On 24 November, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) successfully completed the delivery of a two-week training course on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) for 16 Libyan National Safety Authority (NSA) and Military Engineers from Tripoli and Benghazi. The two-week training of trainers training aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Libyan authorities to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) more safely and effectively.

Sudan

UNAMID Supports Victims of Explosive Remnants of War Accidents in Darfur

[UNAMID] In support of the disabled community, specially the victims of explosive remnants of war (ERW) accidents, UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) constructed and equipped five vocational centers across all Darfur states.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Landmine Clearance Celebrates Mugabe's Fall

[All Africa – cajnews] Zimwabwe is to embark on a massive clearance of landmines that colonial forces laid at the borders with neighbouring countries during the liberation struggle over 40 years ago.

 

AMERICAS

Canada

Canada to Provide $12-million More for Landmine Clearing Around World

[The Global and Mail] Canada will announce nearly $12-million in new funding for the elimination of land mines around the world, including in formerly held Islamic State territory in Syria, marking the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa land-mines treaty.

Colombia

Lessons from Colombia’s FARC Peace Process

[Instituto Igarapé] Humanitarian demining is often presented as a technical component of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, a painstaking and slow process necessary to avoid the human suffering caused by anti-personnel mines, improvised explosive devices, and explosive remnants of war (ERW) such as unexploded ordinance that have been left over after a peace deal is signed.

USA

U.S. Will Keep Older Cluster Munitions, a Weapon Banned by 102 Nations

[NY Times] The Pentagon will allow the United States military to once again arm itself with older cluster munitions, a type of weapon that has been banned by 102 countries largely because of concerns that they disproportionately harm civilians.

 

ASIA

Iraq

Government of Czech Republic to Support Training of Iraqi Police

[UNMAS] UNMAS welcomes the contribution of 5 million Czech crown (US$232,000) from the Government of the Czech Republic to support the training of Iraqi local police.

 

EUROPE

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Living with Landmines in Bosnia and Herzegovina

[ICRC] Aldin Karavdić was tending a herd of goats close to his family's home when he stepped on a landmine. The 16-year-old suffered severe injuries, especially to his right leg – luckily, doctors were able to save it. In these hills near the city of Mostar, many children used to herd the family cattle. But that was before residents learned that the area was littered with mines and unexploded ordnance from the Bosnian war.

Ukraine

Ukraine 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan

[HumanitarianResponse.info – OCHA] Land mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) pose an escalating threat to civilians, curbing people’s access to farmland, and thereby inhibiting their ability to get back on their feet. Between January and September 2017, approximately 103 civilian men, women and children were killed or injured in mine-related incidents.3 Adherence to International Humanitarian Law and the Minsk ceasefire arrangements is lax.

 

GLOBAL

PODCAST: Meet the Head of the UN’s Bomb Squad

[UN Dispatch] Agnès Marcaillou is the director of the United Nations Mine Action Service. This is the UN agency that helps clear mine fields, defuse IEDs and clean up unexploded ordinance around the world. It is the UN Bomb Squad.

20 Years after Ottawa: Landmines still Destroy Lives

[ICRC] It is 20 years since the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel landmines was adopted, but the legacy of these devastating weapons lives on. Landmines need just an instant to create a catastrophic injury that lasts a lifetime.

Ottawa Landmine Treaty 20 Years On

[Epoch Times] Twenty years ago on Dec. 3, 1997, representatives from 122 countries gathered in Ottawa to sign the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, a groundbreaking treaty that was seen as a diplomatic coup for Canada.

Landmine ban: From Utopian vision to global accord

[Swissinfo.ch] In Geneva this month there is a very special exhibition, highlighting a key moment in the history of disarmament, and the important role Geneva played in it.

Laverdière: Landmine treaty should remind Liberals what multilateralism means

[Ottawa Citizen] This December, an important international agreement will celebrate its 20th birthday. The Ottawa Treaty, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, was the culmination of years of struggle to ban anti-personnel mines.

 

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