International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
April 4th is marked as the International Day of Mine Awareness and Aid in Mine Action. The day is observed annually to raise awareness about the dangers of explosive mine action and to support the elimination of landmines and explosive remnants of war. The observance aims to promote safety, health, and lives of civilians worldwide.
The Goal of International Day of Mine Awareness and Aid in Mine Action
The goal of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Aid in Mine Action is to raise awareness and support for explosives elimination and notice the threats related to the safety, health, and lives of civilians. The seeks to educate people about the dangers of landmines and unexploded ordnances and promote a safer and suitable environment for civilians. The observance also aims to encourage governments and organizations worldwide to support mine-action activities.
The Role of UNMAS
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) leads the mine action community. UNMAS has been focusing on the needs of victims of explosive risks for the last two decades. UNMAS works in close collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA), which is comprised of 12 departments, agencies, funds, and programs that ensure system-wide coherence in all mine action pillars and activities.
Campaign Theme for 2023
The theme of International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2023 is “Mine Action Cannot Wait.” The campaign will focus on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Vietnam, where the impact of explosive hazards remains severe.
Legal Frameworks for Protection
The UN supports the universalization of current legal frameworks to protect people from the scourges of landmines and explosive relics of war. Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons came into effect on November 12, 2006. Additionally, the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions aimed to ban the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions.
Efforts of UNMAS
The UNMAS’s efforts are aimed at saving lives, facilitating the deployment of UN missions, delivering humanitarian aid, encouraging the voluntary return of internally displaced people and refugees, facilitating humanitarian and recovery activities, and advocating for international humanitarian and human rights law. UNMAS works with national authorities, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to ensure an effective response to the threats of explosive hazards.
The Significance of International Day of Mine Awareness and Aid in Mine Action
The International Day of Mine Awareness and Aid in Mine Action is of immense importance as it raises awareness about the dangers of explosive mine action and aims to create a safe and suitable environment for civilians. The observance encourages governments, organizations, and individuals worldwide to support mine-action activities and work towards a world free of landmines and explosive remnants of war.
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