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International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance in Mine Action 2018

03-APR-2018 18:29
    International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance in Mine Action

    Every Year on 4 April International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed to spread the awareness about the threat caused by landmines to the safety, health and lives of civilian populations and encourages state Governments to develop mine clearing programmes.
    History behind the International Mine Awareness Day
    The General Assembly on 8 December, 2005 declared that each year on 4 April would be officially proclaimed and observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was first observed on 4 April, 2006. The continued efforts by states, assistance with the UN and relevant organisations, to help establish and develop national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosives war remnants constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of people or hinders social and economic development at national and local levels.
    Theme of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2018
    International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2018 theme is ‘Advancing Protection, Peace and Development’. The architecture of the reforms of peace and security comprises the entire humanitarian, peace building and sustainable development. For 20 years United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been working and solving the problems of the affected people and the threat of explosive hazards faced by civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarians. Basically, they protect civilians, support refugees, enable recovery activities, advocate human rights law etc.

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    Recently, the Canadian Embassy hosted an event in which UNMAS and the United Kingdom together in partnership brought international and Libyan mine action partners, including the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC) and the diplomatic community working on Libya to discuss opportunities and challenges for mine action in Libya. Participants of the event raised the awareness about the threats and dangers that explosives remnants of war and landmines pose to civilians in Libya.

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    Meaning of ‘Advancing Protection, Peace and Development’
    Protection
    By providing risk education to the people with all the important information which is necessary for their protection. Further, to locate, remove and destroy explosive hazards and save the life of people living and working in such area.
    Peace
    Mine action plays a crucial role in enabling and sustaining peace. Help civilians to return into their normal lives by clearing land, open roads and provide assistance to victims which are also the examples of tangible peace dividends.
    Development
    It is necessary to survey and clear the explosive hazards which enable the development to flourish. New pistachio forests have been planted; wheat is grown on land once contaminated etc. steps are taken.
    So, now we come to know why International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is celebrated across the world every year. Also, what is the theme of 2018 and what does it mean.

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