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12 Jun 2018 description

The United Nations Mine Action Service, UNMAS, with funding from the Embassy of Japan and MONUSCO, installed weapon safes in various police commissariats and sub-commissariats in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of 277 safes have been installed to date across the country, including 93 in Goma (North Kivu), 31 in Bukavu and Uvira (South Kivu), 73 in Bunia (Ituri), 24 in Kananga (Kasai Central) and 56 in Kinshasa. The ceremony officialising the handover of the equipment took place on Monday 28 May 2018 at the General Police Commissariat in Kinshasa.

06 May 2018 description

From 18th to 21st April, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) successfully conducted the disposal of approximately 3 tons of obsolete ammunition belonging to the Congolese National Police (PNC). The activity took place at Mbakana demolition site, in the municipality of Nsele,Kinshasa. The ammunition, intended mostly for crowd and riot control, consisted of tear gas dispensers, smoke grenades, caliber munitions and explosive grenades, among many others.

09 Apr 2018 description

(9 April 2018. New York)

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has received a contribution of USD 9.3 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action (UN VTF) from the Government of Japan to undertake critical humanitarian mine action programming in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. Japan is one of the largest donors to the UN VTF providing over USD 132 million since 2010. In addition to its financial support, UNMAS benefits from the provision of Japanese in-kind personnel.

04 Apr 2018 description

In anticipation of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, UNMAS in DRC held a training session on March 28, 2018 for journalists and members of national NGOs to raise awareness of the risks of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

30 Mar 2018 description

(Kinshasa, 16 March 2018) With the support of MONUSCO, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) provided its support to the National Commission for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Reduction of Armed Violence, CNC-SALW, in the elaboration of a new National Action Plan for the Control and Management of Small Arms and Light Weapons for the period 2018 to 2022. This action plan is the result of a series of inclusive work sessions supported by the UN system through various efforts including those of MONUSCO and UNMAS.

27 Mar 2018 description

The project will focus on Human Security and Protection of Civilians in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the reduction of threats from explosive hazardous items

17 Nov 2017 description

Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo : Le Japon a contribué à hauteur de 450.000 USD au Fonds de contributions volontaires pour l’assistance au déminage afin de permettre au Service de Lutte Antimines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) d’apporter une assistance à la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) pour la période d’avril 2017 à mars 2018.

20 Sep 2017 description

Country Operations

In 2018, there will be Humanitarian Response Plans in 23 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. The HRPs for Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC, Somalia, Haiti, Sudan, Nigeria (and potentially Niger and Afghanistan) will be multi-year Plans.

Deadline for Completion

31 Dec 2016 description


As conflicts rage across the world and the threats posed by explosive hazards perpetuate humanitarian crises and hinder emergency response, UNMAS leadership is needed more than ever.

27 Dec 2016 description

Le Service de la Lutte Antimines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) continue d’appuyer les efforts de la MONUSCO et de la communauté internationale pour la protection des civils, la stabilisation du pays et le soutien à la gouvernance démocratique et aux réformes institutionnelles. Suite à la Résolution 2277 du Conseil de Sécurité, de nouvelles activités en appui aux autorités et aux acteurs de sécurité de la RDC ont été mises en œuvre depuis le 1er Janvier 2016.

27 Dec 2016 description

Posted on December, 27 2016

Survey and clearance, weapons and ammunition management and risk education

19 Aug 2016 description

The illicit proliferation, excessive accumulation and misuse of weapons and ammunition pose a persistent problem for peace and security at the international, national and regional level causing the violent death of half a million people every year, with 70,000 people dying during armed conflict.

In order to reduce the negative impact on peace and security and to promote sustainable development, governments must address inadequate or obsolete regulation of weapons and ammunition as well as a poor control of licit or illicit stockpiles.

15 Jun 2016 description

June 2016 News

Thanks to a generous contribution by the United Nations Association of Sweden, UNMAS will implement a risk education (RE) project in Kitshanga located in the North-Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNMAS will teach civilian populations about the dangers caused by explosive hazards and illegal weapons.

23 Mar 2016 description

Reducing the threat and impact of explosive hazardous items for Peace and Stability Consolidation in the DRC

22 Dec 2015 description

Rwampara - Bunia (Province de l’Ituri), 19 décembre 2015 : Sous la supervision de la Commission nationale de contrôle des armes légères et de petit calibre et de réduction de la violence armée (CNCALPC), les experts des Forces armées de RDC (FARDC) et l’appui technique du Service de l’action antimines des Nations Unies (UNMAS), plus de 22 000 armes, munitions et engins non explosés obsolètes détenus illégalement ont été détruits.

22 Dec 2015 description

Rwampara – Bunia (Ituri Province), 19 December 2015: Under the supervision of CNC-ALPC (National Commission for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons and Armed Violence Reduction), FARDC (DRC Armed Forces) and the technical expertise of UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service), more than 22 000 obsolete weapons, small arms ammunition (SAA) and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) illegally owned have been destroyed. Throughout this initiative, DRC meets its international obligations and prevents the potential risk of deflagration related to weapons, ammunition and UXOs stocking conditions.

15 Sep 2015 description


UNMAS was created in 1997 as the focal point for mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS coordinates United Nations mine action entities to ensure a coherent and effective approach to reducing the impact of explosive remnants of war (ERW). UNMAS works with partners at field and headquarters level to ensure that humanitarian priorities are upheld and duplication of effort is avoided through effective coordination and dialogue.

10 Mar 2015 description

NEW YORK, New York, 9 March 2015 — The People of Japan contributed US $ 15 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to support humanitarian demining in five regions. The announcement of this generous support was made public by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in March.

The five humanitarian demining programmes that will receive funds from Japan in 2015 are in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gaza, Somalia and South Sudan.

25 Jul 2014 description

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

26 Jun 2014 description

In 2013 UNMAS-DRC provided, through its programme, risk education to more than 218,000 Congolese. One of the most important groups that UNMAS targets is young people. This is an enormous task. To address it, UNMAS-DRC, in partnership with the national Ministry of Education, took the initiative to develop teachers’ capacities in delivering risk education in primary schools with the aim of raising awareness about mines and explosive remnants of war.