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17 Feb 2018 description

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Dear Ambassador,

Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished participants,
Dear friends,

Greetings from New York City.

I understand that the 2018 vintage of mine action week is again a great success. I miss being with my colleagues and friends.

I also miss being with you, MASG participants, at the US mission. I am glad that my UN colleagues are there and that, thanks to technology and with the support of the US mission and you, Stan, I am still able to feel that I am with you.

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

28 Mar 2017 description

Juba, 28 March 2017 – The Government of Japan has contributed USD 906,000 for the mine action project “Humanitarian Mine Action in Support of Conflict Affected Communities in South Sudan.” Over the past five years, Japan has contribution over USD 13 million to mine action operations in South Sudan. Last year alone, Japanese-funded teams cleared a total of 1,799,211 sqm, and closed 450 spot tasks including emergency operations by UNMAS Quick Response Teams to survey and clear civilian locations in Juba in the immediate aftermath of conflict in July 2016.

27 May 2016 description

The presence of explosive detection dogs (EDD) will be increased throughout the country and today, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) South Sudan will receive 37 new EDDs. These dogs are valuable team members who work hard to protect vulnerable populations in South Sudan.

23 Mar 2016 description


Embassy of Japan
Juba, South Sudan

United Nations Mine Action Service
Juba, South Sudan

24 Nov 2015 description

In September, UNMAS responded to an urgent request from WFP. WFP were planning to air drop food for the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site which supports over 110,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP). WFP feared for the safety of people collecting the delivery as the area was impacted by the presence of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). UNMAS deployed a team to make the area safe, enabling WFP to deliver 2,700 metric tons of food to the IDP.

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.

29 Jul 2015 description


01 Jul 2015 description


On 27 April, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, joined the Minister of Defence of the Central African Republic, Marie-Noelle Koara, to initiate construction of the Camp Kassai Central Armoury in Bangui.

16 Jun 2015 description


  • Mine Action mini-marathon in Abyei with the participation of more than 200 personnel from UNISFA and UN agencies

  • 64km of routes surveyed, 14km of routes verified and 19km of routes cleared

  • 37 villages in Abyei surveyed for explosive hazards

  • 650 abandoned ordnance items destroyed

  • 175 sqm cleared of explosive hazards

  • Mines/EWR risk education for 7,290 community members including children.

05 May 2015 description


  • 38km of routes surveyed, 13 km of routes verified, and 17km of routes cleared of explosive hazards

  • 25 communities in Abyei surveyed for explosive hazards

  • Stockpile of nearly 2,000 abandoned explosive ordnance and small arms ammunition found in Agok

  • 170 ERW and 01 anti-tank mine destroyed

  • Mines/ERW awareness delivered for 16,782 men, women, boys, and girls.

01 Apr 2015 description

Situation overview

An inter-cluster team comprising representatives of NGOs and UN agencies visited Kauch Payam in Guit County, Unity State from 16-18 February to conduct an initial rapid needs assessment of the humanitarian situation in the region. The team consisted of NGO and UN cluster partners from both Juba and Bentiu. The mission was organized based on reports of chronic food insecurity and other humanitarian concerns in the area.The following agencies were represented: ARUDA, IOM, VSF-CH, WFP, Concern Worldwide, IRC, OCHA, UNDSS and TDI/UNMAS.

01 Apr 2015 description

This IRNA Report is a product of Inter-Agency Assessment mission conducted and information compiled based on the inputs provided by partners on the ground including; government authorities, affected communities/IDPs and agencies.

Situation overview

Approximately 16,940 displaced people and vulnerable host community members have been identified by the SSRRA in Nimni payam, and an additional 71,000 in five payams within the immediate surroundings of Nimni.

13 Mar 2015 description

As part of Japan’s new pledge in support of the South Sudanese people, which was announced at the High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan in Nairobi, on 9 February, 2015, Japan has confirmed a contribution of US $2.5 million for the mine action project, “Creation of quick response capacity and provision of support to the Japanese Engineering Contingent”. During the last three years, Japan’s contribution to mine action operations in South Sudan has exceeded US $10 million.

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.

19 Feb 2015 description


  • 94km of routes surveyed, 55km of routes verified, and 34km of routes cleared of explosive hazards

  • 26 communities in Abyei surveyed for explosive hazards

  • 01 anti-personnel mine destroyed

  • Gok Machar camp extension cleared of explosive hazards

  • Mines/ERW awareness delivered for 5,251 men, women, boys, and girls

16 Sep 2014 description

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), as an integral section within UNISFA, supports the implementation of UNISFA’s mandate in Abyei and the deployment of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) along the international border. UNMAS operations reduce the threat of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) that enables freedom of movement for UNISFA, the JBVMM, civilians, and providers of humanitarian aid within the UNISFA area of responsibility. In August, UNMAS field operations stood down for the rainy season.

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.

12 Apr 2014 description

4 April 2014 - The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) had adapted its programme in South Sudan to respond to evolving needs during the current crisis, the organization’s programme manager, Lance Malin, said today in a statement.

“(We) will continue to respond to the ongoing crisis as it evolves through clearance, route verification and risk education in the areas of greatest need and as access allows,” said Mr. Malin, as the country marked International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

04 Apr 2014 description

On 8 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared that April 4th of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.