Mine Awareness Day
Yesterday saw the annual observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, as declared by the United Nations.
Creating a world free from deadly weapons is an important objective for the UN. Together with government and civil society groups, it created the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and provides for their destruction. Signed by over 160 countries, the Treaty has brought about a dramatic reduction in the use of landmines. But there is still a long way to go. Mines are still present in over 60 countries, threatening the lives of millions of people and preventing the land they contaminate from being used, for agriculture and housing, for example.
The UN has also created a specific agency designed to lead, coordinate and implement United Nations efforts to eliminate landmines and explosive hazards and to mitigate their impact on people’s lives. This is the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which was established in 1997. It has saved lives and protected livelihoods in conflict-torn communities including Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, State of Palestine, Somalia, Syria and the Territory of Western Sahara.
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