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22 May 2010 description

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): a brief description

A huge country, with poor infrastructure

Nearly five times as large as France, representing roughly the entire surface of Western Europe, counting some 68 million inhabitants, DRC, which was named Zaire from 1971 to 1991, is a major Central African state.

22 Apr 2005 description


1. During the first three months of the year 2005, the GICHD continued and consolidated its activities in the fields of operational assistance, research and support to instruments of international law. It also started its training initiative in mine action information management (see para. 4 and 11 below).


2. The first core activity of the GICHD is the provision of specific operational support and assistance to on-going mine action activities and programmes, including those run by the UN.