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Courtesy visit from various partners to the last stage of the EOD/IED training of the Nepalese and the Cambodian companies. UNMAS/Marc Vaillant

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ABOUT UNMAS IN MALI

At the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UNMAS deployed mine action staff to Mali in January 2013 in the immediate aftermath of the crisis to conduct an emergency assessment of explosive threats in support of Security Council Resolution 2085 (2012). Now mandated by SCR 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 contamination which is impacting the civilian population and 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 (IED) and landmines are also adversely affecting 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, 111 civilian casualties have been confirmed as a result of ERW, of which more than half are children. Since 2013, 261 Malian forces, peacekeeping troops, French forces, civilians and others have been killed or injured by IEDs.

SUPPORT TO THE MALIAN DEFENSE AND SECURITY SECTOR

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, 111 civilian casualties have been confirmed as a result of ERW, of which more than half are children. Since early 2013, 261 Malian forces, peacekeeping troops, French forces, civilians and others have been killed or injured by IEDs.   

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 explosive awareness training for 5,064 uniformed UN personnel and 1,776 United Nations staff at the request of UNDSS (SSAFE training).

Specialized training, technical assistance and equipment have also been provided for the recently deployed MINUSMA EOD and IED-Disposal companies ahead of their deployment to Northern Mali in May 2014.  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.

MINE ACTION IN 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 Operational Field Offices in Sévaré, Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.

To date, 953 villages have been surveyed, leading to the safe destruction of 1,331 items of UXO’s from priority contaminated areas. Moreover, more than 31,000 people have been reached with risk education.

OUR DONORS

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

Updated August 2014

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QUICK FIGURES

  • 83 members of the Malian Defense Security Forces (MDSF) have completed basic EOD qualification training
  • 60 MDSF personnel trained in stockpile management
  • Explosive awareness training delivered to over 9,082 people (MINUSMA, MDSF, UN staff and NGO personnel)
  • 1,331 items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and 46,360 items of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) destroyed
  • 953 villages surveyed for ERW contamination 

LINKS

MINUSMA Website

UNMAS Mali Flickr (Latest Photos from UNMAS-Mali)

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)

Japanese Government Donates to UNMAS Humanitarian work in Mali

 


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