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ABOUT UNMAS IN MALI

Mandated by Security Council resolution 2164 (2014) UNMAS contributes to the following objectives:

BACKGROUND

Recent and on-going armed conflict in Mali has created a problem of weapon and explosive hazard contamination which negatively impacts the civilian population as well as impedes stabilization efforts. This impact includes the potential loss of life and injury of people within affected communities but also the safe return of refugees and IDP's. Explosive remnants of war (ERW), improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines also adversely impact livelihoods, freedom of movement and economic recovery, as well as the safe deployment of national and international forces and extension of state authority. Since January 2012, 139 civilian casualties have been confirmed as a result of ERW, of which more than half are children. Since early 2013, 467 Malian forces, peacekeeping troops, French forces, civilians and others have been killed or injured by IEDs.

SUPPORT TO THE MALIAN DEFENSE AND SECURITY SECTOR

UNMAS is helping the Malian Defence Security Forces (MDSF) to develop its technical capacity to safely manage explosive threats. In addition to having delivered explosive hazards awareness training to 3,525 MDSF personnel, UNMAS has provided EOD training for 89 personnel from the MDSF, including through the Humanitarian Demining Training Centre (CPADD) in Benin.

Ammunition Safety Management training has also been delivered for 57 MDSF personnel. In parallel, UNMAS has conducted initial assessments of 16 weapon and ammunition storage areas. As a result, a number of immediate hazards were identified, and stockpiles of obsolete and un-serviceable ammunition and weapon systems, including 85 unserviceable SA 3 missiles, and over 90 tons of obsolete ammunition and expired explosives destroyed during 2014. UNMAS is now helping the Malian army with the destruction of over 200 tons of additional ammunition; the largest stockpile to be disposed of by UNMAS and national authorities to date.  Technical support is also being provided to the National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons to enhance its capacity to coordinate mine action activities and to comply with regional and international treaty obligations.

SUPPORT TO MINUSMA

UNMAS provides explosive threat mitigation support for MINUSMA, facilitating freedom of movement for peacekeeping and civilian personnel, and ensuring safety for the delivery of the mission mandate. Given the ongoing and steady drawdown of French troops, the mitigation of explosive threats in northern Mali has become an intrinsic mission requirement to ensure stability.

Thus far, UNMAS has delivered practical IED response training to 6,474 uniformed UN personnel and basic explosive awareness training for 8,529 people (MINUSMA, MDSF, UN staff and NGO’s).  In total, UNMAS also trained 2,940 peacekeepers in the use of individual first aid kits (IFAK).

Specialized training, technical assistance and equipment have also been provided to the MINUSMA EOD companies deployed in the North. In addition, UNMAS provides technical expertise to MINUSMA contingents for safe handling, storage and disposal of weapons and ammunition during the course of disarmament initiatives. 

SUPPORT TO THE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR

As coordinator of humanitarian mine action activities and partners, UNMAS is tasking and supporting the deployment of international mine action operators to accessible priority areas with a view to survey, mark and clear dangerous areas, as well as to provide risk education and victim assistance to affected communities. UNMAS further ensures that international partners work in compliance with International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) through the deployment of Quality Assurance Officers in all areas of deployment from its field offices in Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and Tessalit.

To date, 1,362 villages have been surveyed, leading to the safe destruction of 1,399 items of UXO from priority contaminated areas. In addition, more than 50,000 people have been reached with risk education.

UNMAS DONORS

UNMAS in Mali thanks its bilateral donors: Estonia, France, Japan, the UK, and the USA, and the in-kind assistance from Benin, Switzerland and the Netherlands.                

Updated May 2015

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QUICK FIGURES

  • 89 members of the Malian Defense Security Forces (MDSF) have completed basic EOD qualification
  • 57 MDSF personnel trained in stockpile management
  • Explosive awareness training delivered to over 8,500 people (MINUSMA, MDSF, UN staff and NGO’s)
  • 1,399 items of UXO and 100,150 items of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) destroyed
  • 130 tons of obsolete ammunition destroyed
  • 1,362 villages surveyed for ERW contamination 

LINKS

MINUSMA Website

UNMAS Mali Flickr (Latest Photos from UNMAS-Mali)


NEWS

Mine Action Emergency Response in Mali July 2015


 

Security Council Resolutions

S/RES/2100 (2013)


 

Press Release

UNMAS Mali finalises the demolition of 85 obsolete SA 3 missiles (6 June 2014) 

UNMAS au Mali finalise la démolition de 85 missiles SA 3 obsolètes (le vendredi 6 juin 2014)

Government of Japan Provides more Support to UNMAS Humanitarian Mine Action Work in Africa (22 May 2013)

 

 


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