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UNMAS participates in the first ‘Ekiden Amani’, a relay race of 42 kilometers to celebrate peace. Photo: UNMAS

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SUPPORT TO ONE UN AND DRC

 

ABOUT

Since independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been locked in a spiral of armed conflict resulting in nationwide contamination of explosive remnants of war (ERW), landmines and cluster-munitions.

Ongoing armed conflicts and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in eastern DRC pose a significant risk to civilians on a daily basis and to overall stabilization efforts.

UNMAS is present in the DRC since 2002 and has offices in Kinshasa, Goma, Bunia, Bukavu and Mbuji-Mayi to coordinate and implement its country-wide activities in support of the Government, MONUSCO and the UN COuntry Team (UNCT).

ACTIVITIES

UNMAS embeds the guiding principles of national ownership, gender mainstreaming and conflict sensitivity in all its activities, namely: 

​​UNMAS plans to strengthen the capacities of the Congolese National Police (PNC) by evaluating its infrastructure and its capacity to manage its weapons and ammunition; by installing 200 gun safes in the stations identified in North Kivu and South Kivu; by training the PNC on weapons and ammunition management. UNMAS also supports GoRDC in the development of a National Action Plan on SALW that aims at reducing the risks related to the proliferation of weapons and ammunition and continues its active engagement with the donor community to broaden the scope of its support.

UNMAS supports CCLAM in coordinating the survey and clearance activities of suspected hazardous areas (SHA) identified in the DRC. To date, 65 percent of these SHA have been cleared and released. If this pace is maintained, the DRC could be free from the known mines and comply with the requirements of the Ottawa Convention before the deadline of 1 January 2021, subject to the availability of sufficient funds to conduct clearance in other provinces.

To promote community safety, safer behaviour around weapons and ammunition, and to raise awareness on the dangers of ERW and SALW, UNMAS and its implementing partners carry out risk
education (RE) in conflict-affected communities. Channels for conveying RE messages include organised RE sessions, radio broadcasting in local languages, SMS campaigns, public events and the distribution of leaflets with information on how to identify and report ERW.

FUNDING

USD 450,000 from the Government of Japan fund current activities in support of the Government of DRC and the UNCT. UNMAS also benefits of the contribution from Switzerland through in-kind personnel.

 


Support to MONUSCO

ABOUT

In support of the Government of DRC, MONUSCO conducts joint operations with the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) to neutralize armed groups that continue to destabilize the country.

Ongoing armed conflicts and proliferation of SALW in eastern DRC pose a significant risk to civilians on a daily basis and to overall stabilization efforts.

UNMAS is present in the DRC since 2002 and  Kinshasa, Goma, Bunia, Bukavu and Mbuji-Mayi to coordinate and implement its country-wide activities in support of the Government, MONUSCO and the UNCT. In compliance with Security Council Resolutions 2098 (2013) and 2348 (2017), UNMAS conducts explosive hazard management activities as well weapons and ammunition management activities to address the current lack of capacity of national security state actors to safely store and manage their weapons and stockpiles in line with minimum international standards.

ACTIVITIES

UNMAS focuses on the achievement of MONUSCO mandated objectives under the following Mission’s pillars:

In support of the MONUSCO exit strategy and SCR 2348, UNMAS encourages national institutions to increase weapons, ammunition and stockpile safety to reduce the risks of misappropriation, theft and misuse. UNMAS supports security state actors through training in safe weapons and ammunition management, and the provision of safe storage solutions in the Mission’s area of responsibility.

FUNDING

 For the 2017/2018 fiscal year, UNMAS received USD 2.8 million to provide EOD support to the Mission.

Updated: August 2017

Programme of:

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IMPACT - ONE UN

  • Support to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the Congolese Mine Action Center (CCLAM) in the development of a new National Strategic Plan. The document will enable the DRC to define future activities toward compliance with the Ottawa Convention (Mine Ban Treaty). The recommendations and the strategy itself will be validated in November 2017.
  • 124 gun safes were installed in 4 Virunga National Park offices in support of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) rangers.
  • 132 police stations were assessed and located in the provinces of North Kivu, South KIvu, Ituri and Tanganyika.

IMPACT - MONUSCO

  • 41 Mission requests for explosive hazard management support resulting in 59 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) spot tasks, including the destruction of 367 items of explosive remnants of war (ERW), 319 weapons and 34,094 rounds of small arms ammunition (SAA)

  •  10 gun safes were installed in Bukavu, South Kivu province, in support of the Congolese National Police (PNC) and in collaboration with UNPOL.


 

PRESS RELEASES

2017

[Press Release] The People of Japan Contribute US$450,000 to support United Nations Mine Action Activities in DRC

2016

[Press Release] Japan Contributes $ 2 Million to support United Nations Mine Action Activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [French]

2015

[Press Release] DRC is Engaged in the Fight against Illegal Weapons and Ammunition Proliferation to protect the Community and Restore Rule of law  [French]

2014

[Information Note] UNMAS Launches the National Landmine Contamination Survey Report in the Democratic Republic of Congo

[Information Note] Official Launch of the Result of the National Landmine and Cluster Munition Contamination Survey in the Democratic Republic of Congo  


 

Links

MONUSCO Website