Mine Awareness Day: UN highlights vital role of efforts to rid world of landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the work of United Nations mine action personnel around the world in preventing landmines and unexploded ordnance from causing harm long after conflicts have ended, and  transforming danger zones into productive land. 

"Mine action programmes make an invaluable contribution to post-conflict recovery, humanitarian relief efforts, peace operations and development initiatives," Mr. Ban said in his message to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. "Mine action sets communities on course toward lasting stability."