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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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 (GoDRC), MONUSCO and the UN Country Team (UNCT).

In compliance with Security Council Resolutions 2098 (2013) and 2348 (2017) and as part of the Protection Cluster, UNMAS conducts explosive hazard management activities in protection of civilians 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 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, 71 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 GoDRC 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (GoDRC), the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the 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 has offices in Kinshasa, Goma, Bunia, Bukavu and Mbuji-Mayi to coordinate and implement its country-wide activities in support of the GoDRC, MONUSCO and the UN Country Team.

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:

FUNDING

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

Updated: October 2017

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IMPACT - ONE UN

  • UNMAS provides 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.
  • 132 police stations were assessed and located in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika.
  • 179 gun safes are planned to be installed in these identified police stations.

IMPACT - MONUSCO

  • 48 requests for explosive hazard management support resulting in 102 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) spot tasks, including the destruction of:

    • 3,338 items of explosive remnants of war (ERW)

    • 319 weapons

    • 168,124 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.

  • 316 personnel from MONUSCO and UN agencies received mine/ERW awareness trainings as part of the SSAFE module in Kinshasa, Goma, Bunia, Bukavu, Kalemie and Dungu.


 

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  


 

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