A number of events will take place in April to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
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.
Wars and insurgencies may end, but explosive contamination lasts for decades. Clearing explosive ordnance restores security, enables humanitarian response and paves the way for sustainable development.
Realising the vision requires perseverance and partnership. Twenty-two years ago the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention came into force and its vision was that by the end of the 2020s, if not before, all known landmines could be cleared, their manufacture permanently halted and all stockpiles destroyed.
Despite ongoing and protracted conflicts, new insurgencies, fresh contamination and the COVID-19 pandemic the people affected and the women and men working with and for them are steadfastly and diligently determined. This exhibit portrays their perseverance: the painstaking patience, concentration and stamina required to find and disarm landmines and explosive remnants of war; the internal strength to go the extra mile to inform populations at risk, even if it means repeating the same instructions 20 times a day; the long and gruelling battle to ensure that physical rehabilitation and reintegration is possible; and the vital importance of partnership, strong and equitable, from nomads to celebrities, to get the job done.