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25 Jul 2018 description


The United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Standards have been developed to fill a gap in the technical guidance required to respond to the expanding and increasingly complex problem of IEDs.

06 Apr 2018 description


The United Nations stands for a world free of landmines and the explosive remnants of war, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment and where the needs of victims are met. Peace without mine action is incomplete.

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 Oct 2017 description

Lexique destiné aux personnes travaillant dans des environnements contaminés par des engins explosifs improvisés

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

09 Feb 2017 description

Geneva, 6 February 2017. The latest United Nations Portfolio of Mine Action projects shows a sharp increase in the need for humanitarian mine action, including landmine clearance, risk education and victim assistance, in conflict and post-conflict settings around the world. The online Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2017 presents an overall requirement for USD 511 million, a 50% increase from last year’s USD 347 million consolidated appeal.

21 Jul 2016 description
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An IED lexicon for people working in environments contaminated with Improvised Explosive Devices.

This lexicon is intended to provide the United Nations system with a coherent conceptual framework and operational vocabulary to address the IED threat worldwide. It encompasses the broad spectrum of IED employment scenarios, the variety of IED devices, and their critical components.

Adoption of this lexicon will improve the collection, reporting, and exploitation of IED information at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. The lexicon will assist in:

29 Mar 2016 description


Partout dans le monde, les mines et d’autres engins explosifs tels que les munitions et l’équipement militaire abandonnés, les munitions non explosées, d’autres restes explosifs de guerre (REG) et les engins explosifs improvisés (EEI) mettent en danger les populations.

29 Mar 2016 description
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Landmines and other explosive hazards, which include abandoned munitions and military equipment, unexploded ordnance and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) pose a hazard all over the world.

06 Oct 2015 description


The biennial Report of the Secretary-General on Assistance in Mine Action (A/70/207) was issued on 3 August, in advance of the 70th session of the General Assembly. The Report serves as the Mid-Term Review of the Strategy of the United Nations on Mine Action 2013-2018, and draws on findings of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Mechanism developed to measure progress towards the strategic objectives of the Strategy.

22 Sep 2015 description

New York, 15 September 2015. Urgent action is needed to prevent and protect millions of civilians, many of whom are children, from the deadly threat posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. A mid-year review of the United Nations Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2015 has identified a major shortfall of over US $211 million for mine action in support of humanitarian response, recovery and development. The Portfolio has been developed with the aim of matching the needs of affected countries and territories with donor resources.

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.

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02 Jul 2015 description

The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) audit finds UNMAS successful in implementing procedures for planning, monitoring and supervising mine action activities, as well as controls for coordinating United Nations mine action related activities.

Between August and December 2014, the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services conducted and concluded an independent audit of UNMAS to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of UNMAS governance, risk management and control processes in the effective management of mine action activities.

19 Feb 2015 description

Geneva, 17 February 2015. Today the United Nations published the online Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2015, which aims to match the needs of affected countries and territories with donor resources. This year’s Portfolio presents an overall funding requirement of $296 million, of which only $57 million, or 20%, has been secured to date. The country with the largest needs remains Afghanistan, with over $80 million needed for 2015, of which only $20m has been secured to date.

29 Dec 2014 description


This standard establishes basic principles and requirements for underwater explosive ordnance (EO) survey and clearance operations. The obvious difference between EO on land versus underwater is the location of the ordnance. Water does not make EO less dangerous; however, it provides a barrier to access just as a fence would be a barrier to accessing a protected site.