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10 Aug 2017 description

Naqoura, 18 May 2017 - Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission to the United Nations, led a delegation of mine action donors to Lebanon from May 15 to 17, 2017. The mission was an initiative of the Mine Action Support Group (MASG), a coalition of Member State donors committed to raising funds and awareness for mine action activities where they are needed most. Italy serves as the current Chair of the MASG. "Italy remains fully engaged in pursuing the objective of a mine free world and in preserving stability in this part of the world.

15 Sep 2015 description

THE UNITED NATIONS FOCAL POINT FOR MINE ACTION

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.

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

INTRODUCTION

The United Nations Focal Point for Mine Action

UNMAS is the United Nations focal point for mine action. Fourteen entities are working together in the United Nations system to implement the United Nations vision of a world free from the threat of mine, and explosive remnants of war (ERW) including cluster munitions. UNMAS leads that effort in six key areas:

• Survey, mark, fence-off, and clear explosive hazards, including mines, ERW, cluster munitions

28 Aug 2012 description
Summary and Highlights

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2011, UNMAS worked diligently at the global and national levels to help eliminate the threats of landmines and ERW. Revitalizing global mine action efforts and enhancing coherence was a particular focus.

07 Aug 2012 description

ABOUT UNMAS IN LEBANON

The United Nations Mine Action Support Team (UNMAST) is a project of UNMAS, a department of DPKO. UNMAST’s core role is to support and enable UNIFIL in implementing its mandate and to provide resource mobilization assistance to the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC).
UNMAST supports UNIFIL’s demining activities on the Blue Line by providing training support, validation and Quality Assurance monitoring to enable UNIFIL to conduct demining operations in accordance to International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).

IMPACT IN 2011

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.

09 Nov 2010 description

VIENTIANE, Laos, 9 November 2010-Max Kerley, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN focal point for mine action, expressed his satisfaction with the new Convention on Cluster Munitions during the First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Laos. "This is the most important step for global conventional disarmament since the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty.

30 Nov 2009 description

NEW YORK, November 30, 2009-Mine action initiatives in 27 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $589 million in 2010, according to the 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released by the United Nations today.

The portfolio is an annual analysis of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programs. The portfolio also provides proposals for mine action projects and details their costs.

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, …

04 Dec 2008 description

Introduction

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2009 provides a snapshot of the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 33 countries, territories and peacekeeping missions, and describes the strategies for eliminating each of these threats.

This 12th edition of the annual portfolio is a collection of mine action project proposals that reflect a strategic response by field-based partners to the landmine and ERW problems in specific countries or territories.

03 Dec 2008 description

DC/3147

NEW YORK, 3 December (UN Mine Action Service) - An international treaty that prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions is opening for signature in Oslo, Norway today.

The new Convention on Cluster Munitions - or CCM - "marks a major step forward in global efforts to protect civilians and control the noxious spread of deadly, inhumane weapons", wrote the Secretary-General in a message to the Oslo signing event. "The horrific humanitarian impact of cluster munitions is well known," he added.

06 Oct 2008 description

Christopher Clark and team receive 2008 UNHCR Nansen Award

GENEVA, October 6, 2008- The UN Mine Action Coordination Centre of South Lebanon, which led the international effort to clean up deadly cluster munitions threatening the lives of civilians in southern Lebanon after the 2006 conflict with Israel, received here today the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' top honor-the Nansen Refugee Award.

Christopher Clark, who heads the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre of South Lebanon, accepted the award from UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on behalf of all UN …

31 Dec 2007 description

POLICY AND COORDINATION

Highlights

• UNMAS celebrated its 10th anniversary.

• The General Assembly reaffirmed UNMAS’ role as the focal point for mine action within the UN system.

• The UN Mine Action Team supported efforts by Member States to develop a legally binding instrument that addresses the impact of cluster munitions.

• The Secretary-General reported on progress and challenges in mine action in over 40 reports to the Security Council on a wide range of country situations and thematic issues.

20 Nov 2007 description

Foreword

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.

07 May 2007 description

GENERAL

1. Cluster Bombs and mines clearance continued during this month resulting in around 3,000 additional cluster bomblets destroyed by all the teams working in South Lebanon. Mines have also been cleared in the area North of Litani river (Area 6) and more than 18,000 m2 of mine contaminated land is released back to the community.

14 Nov 2006 description

Foreword

The tenth edition of the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects reflects the mine-action community's commitment to work together to achieve its shared goal of eliminating landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Each of the submissions is the result of field-based, coordinated and consultative processes among national authorities, nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations.

19 Aug 2006 description


CEASEFIRE plus 5 days
GENERAL SITUATION

1. Whilst several skirmishes between Hezbollah and Israeli Forces continue to occur the Ceasefire is generally holding and mine action activities, in particular information gathering and priority EOD clearance, is progressing well.

2. All MACC SL national staff are back at work, with the exception of 2 staff who evacuated to Canada. The MACC SL Admin/Log Officer is currently located with UNOPS in New York.