Perseverance, Partnership, Progress

A number of events will take place in April to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

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EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

COLOMBIA

MALI

SOUTH SUDAN

BURKINA FASO

IRAQ

SOMALIA

SYRIA

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

UN IN GENEVA

STATE OF PALESTINE

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Perseverance, Partnership, Progress

The vision of the United Nations is a world free from the threat of mines, explosive remnants of war, cluster munitions, and improvised explosive devices. It is a world where individuals and communities live in safe homes, on safe ground, in safe environments. Where human rights, the right to life, liberty, personal security and basic needs are met and no one is left behind, including the survivors of explosive ordnance accidents, those wounded and disabled, who must be fully integrated as equal members of their societies.

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The UN Secretary-General António Guterres during his visit to Mesetas, Colombia, in 2018. UN Photo

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is an efficient and effective undertaking that coordinates the United Nations response to explosive ordnance, and deploys teams to survey, clear and dispose of these deadly devices.

In any year, that work poses tremendous challenges. But 2020 was a year like no other. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNMAS quickly adapted its work to tackle dramatically changed circumstances. Despite the impacts of lockdowns, social distancing and overall societal upheaval, UNMAS delivered.

Thousands of explosives were found and destroyed; hundreds of thousands of square meters of land were made safe and put to productive use, and millions of people living in, or returning to, contaminated areas, were provided with explosive ordnance risk education, incorporating, in many cases, lifesaving World Health Organization COVID-19 prevention guidance.

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Climbing a mountain on your knees, come rain or snow, demining demands resilience and determination in Afghanistan. © United Nations. UNMAS

Mechanical clearance operation in Zabul province, Afghanistan. © United Nations. UNMAS

Let’s realize the UN vision of a world free from the threat of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices, where communities live in safe homes, on safe ground, in safe environments.

#IMAD2021

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