"The United Nations has a proud record of helping millions of people in mine-affected countries. On this International Day, let us resolve to mobilize the resources, partners and resolve we need to further advance our vision of a planet free from mines."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for Mine Awareness
and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2014
A female member of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team brushes
sand off of a mortar shell during a demonstration held by the
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Mogadishu, Somalia.
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
Women in Mine Action
This year the 12 UN entities working on mine action are promoting the work of women in mine action. The efforts of women make mine action work more efficient and effective. Women must be empowered in all societies to be a part of important activities, including at all stages of mine action: from surveying mined areas, to deciding where to begin clearance, to conducting mine risk education and post-clearance development initiatives.