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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

05 Apr 2017 description


  • With UNMAS support, 7,476 Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and 83 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) have been destroyed by the Somali Police, AMISOM and NGO’s

  • Over 8,500 weapons marked and registered in Mogadishu while 221 unserviceable weapons have been destroyed

  • 40 villages surveyed and 41.7 square kilometres of land released

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.

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.

09 Apr 2014 description

MOGADISHU, 9 April 2014 Today, the Federal Government represented by Prime Minister Abdiweli together with the European Union (EU) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) declared Central Mogadishu free from all known unexploded ordnance.

30 Mar 2014 description

UNMAS programme staff is almost 50% female.What motivates these women? What makes this work so fulfilling? In their own voices UNMAS officers tell what they seek to achieve and how mine action work brings them satisfaction. Officers from Afghanistan to Somalia describe what they do to save lives and help re-establish stability.

20 Mar 2013 description

Government of Japan Steadfast in Support of United Nations Mine Action Work

NEW YORK, New York, 18 March 2013 — Japan donated 18 million US dollars to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, continuing its strong commitment to UN Mine Action work. The Government of Japan is committed to improving the lives of communities in today’s most effected countries.

01 Mar 2013 description

With the objective of stabilizing newly recovered areas and consolidating national capacities to manage the explosive threat in Somalia, Japan continues to support UNMAS

Mogadishu, 1 March, 2013 - Japan has contributed US $ 4,000,000 to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to allow UNMAS to deliver support to Somalia during 2013.

31 Dec 2012 description


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


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.

03 Apr 2011 description

World marks international mine awareness day and calls for action

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.

17 Mar 2010 description

Multi-million dollar contribution will aid mine action in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan

NEW YORK, New York, March 17, 2010 - As a part of the assistance package to Afghanistan and African countries, today, Japan contributed US$ 18,305,000 to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action.

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


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.