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18 Mar 2011 description

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes.

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

20 Nov 2007 description


Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty was adopted in September 1997, mine action has helped an ever-increasing number of civilians reclaim their lives and restore their livelihoods. The treaty has helped mobilize the international community's response to landmines and their impact on people.

02 Dec 2004 description

Nairobi, Kenya, 2 December 2004 - Heavily land-mined countries like Afghanistan and Angola will never fully develop without the removal of these lethal weapons, warned Julia Taft, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP's Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery, speaking at the Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World today.

08 May 2001 description

New York, 8 May 2001- "Until now, demining programmes have been mostly concerned with numbers" how many mines planted, and how many square metres cleared. A new study commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommends that the impact on people's lives, rather than the sheer number of mines, should decide the viability and focus of mine action programmes.
The study, released in Geneva today, was managed by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.