Demining War Zones: Opening Space for Building Peace
Description: Landmines left by warfare pose a daily, deadly threat for millions of people across Asia and Africa. Once any peace accord is signed, the removal of mines and other explosives is a critical first step to building safety and stability in a former conflict zone. How that work is organized—and how communities are involved— can help shape the peace that follows. On April 25, USIP and HALO Trust, one of the world’s largest demining organizations, will gather experts for a discussion on the implications and results of demining.
For more information about this event, visit: https://www.usip.org/events/demining-war-zones-opening-space-building-peace
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The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.
25 Apr 2017
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Description: Comunidades afrodescendientes y resguardos indígenas del Chocó enfrentan riesgos derivados de los enfrentamientos entre grupos armados y de la presencia de minas y otros artefactos explosivos en sus territorios.
21 Apr 2017
Description: James Cowan, CEO, The HALO Trust
Jane Cocking, CEO, MAG (Mines Advisory Group)
Priti Patel, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, UK DFID
05 Apr 2017
Description: This interview with GICHD Head of External Relations, Pascal Rapillard, was broadcast on the RTS show "Geopolitis" on 2 April 2017. (c) RTS
03 Apr 2017
Description: Throughout Northern Syria MSF has witnessed the impact of mines, booby traps and explosive remnants of war on the civilian population through its medical activities.
Not only the extensive use of explosive weapons during the hostilities, including bombs dropped from aircraft, but the widespread planting of mines, and booby traps including in private homes, fields and civilian infrastructure are having a devastating effect on civilians returning to their homes or trying to escape a warzone.
Given the limited local capacity to clear these areas and make them safe again, it will also affect their lives and livelihoods in the long term. MSF calls on the international community to significantly step up their support to international demining organisations to increase their activities in northern Syria.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.
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03 Apr 2017
Description: How mine clearance has made a huge difference for one family farm in Zimbabwe.
21 Mar 2017
Description: During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese used the Ho Chi Minh Trail to bring supplies through Laos to support troops in Southern Vietnam. This route was heavily bombed by the U.S., and a high level of UXO pollution remains in the area today. Since being accredited as a demining operator in 2006, Handicap International has cleared more than 25,000 unexploded ordnances (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, on earth. Learn more: www.handicap-international.org.uk/laos
02 Mar 2017
Description: Since 1864, the Geneva Conventions regulate the law of war. They aim at protecting civilians, prisonners, the wounded and rescue staff.
A series of ten videos, broadcasted by the Swiss Radio Television (RTS) in April 2015, illustrates the work of several international organizations to promote the respect of these norms.
Four of them focus on the missions of the NGO Geneva Call, that engages with non-State armed actors for the respect of these humanitarian norms through dialogue and negotiation.
Each video addresses one of the organisation's main areas of work: landmine ban, child protection and the prohibition of sexual violence.
This video presents the NGO's action in Western Sahara, where it works to engage the Polisario Front, a separatist movement, in banning the use of landmines from its activities.
Pascal Bongard - Head of the Policy and Legal Unit, Geneva Call
Dr. Gloria Gaggioli - Facutly of Law, University of Geneva
Daniel Palmieri - Historian at the ICRC
To see the other episodes of the series: http://www.rts.ch/emissions/court-du-jour/6698067-conventions-de-geneve-travailleurs-de-l-ombre.html
27 Feb 2017
Description: Almost a thousand people in Tajikistan have fallen victim to mines and unexploded remnants of war either during the civil war in the country in the 1990s, or as a result of accidents along the border with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. This number is increasing every year.
For those who have been left with a disability as a result of these accidents, it is especially difficult to maintain financial independence and the ability to support their families. The ICRC has designed a cash grant programme to help them to start small businesses. Shukhrat, a taxi driver, took part in the programme last year.
In 2016, some 800 families benefited from the programme, which covered all regions of the country Among them are many former deminers, like Shukrat, who were engaged in mine clearance during and after the armed conflict in the 1990s.
30 Jan 2017
Description: See what happened during the 6th biennial Mine Action Technology Workshop, held in November 2016 in Lyon, France. From speed geeking to outdoor exercises, this workshop connected and informed mine action practitioners, tech developers, and vendors from around the world.
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