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Two decades ago, Diana Princess of Wales walked in Angola’s minefields. In doing so, she captured the conscience of states, civil society and the public and helped inspire the final successful push to achieve the groundbreaking 1997 Ottawa Treaty banning landmines. States, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and campaigners came together in a way that changed the world.
Vienna: Prince Harry has called for efforts to be redoubled to clear landmines around the world at an annual meeting to review progress on the Mine Ban Treaty in Vienna. At the same time, mine clearance organisations, The HALO Trust and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) have published a new report, *'State of Play: The Landmine Free 2025 Commitment', *calling for increased action from treaty signatories.
A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR
At MAG, we believe that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.
As Chief Executive of the UK’s only aid and development charity to have shared the Nobel Peace Prize, I am immensely proud of the difference MAG and our donors made directly to the lives of more than 1.4 million men, women and children in 2015.
The news that Mozambique has declared itself landmine-free is cause for celebration and a huge achievement. But we must acknowledge the tragic truth that much more needs to be done to make life safe for the thousands of people still living with these hidden killers in other countries.
We must not let minefields be forgotten. Whenever and wherever wars happen, innocent people should not be the ones who pay the price.
In this edition of Insight:
Welcome to the first issue of Insight, a new publication series by MAG. Insight aims to share innovation, impact and learning, based on our programmes and policy work across the globe.
In the run-up to September 2015’s First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Dubrovnik (#1RevCCM #clusterbombs), this opening edition focuses on cluster munitions survey and clearance.
Nous représentons des organisations non gouvernementales et des coalitions engagées dans le désarmement humanitaire, avec comme objectif commun de protéger les civils des effets néfastes de la violence armée. Nous sommes réunis à l’occasion du 20 e anniversaire de la création de la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du Prix Nobel de la paix 1997, pour échanger, pour renforcer notre travail commun, et pour agrandir et unir notre communauté.
Nations Should Step Up ‘Humanitarian Disarmament’
31 Groups Urge More Protection for Civilians From Armed Violence
(New York, October 24, 2012) – Governments should increase efforts to achieve strong disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian concerns, Human Rights Watch and 30 other nongovernmental organizations said in a communiqué issued today.
Global attempts to reduce the risk posed by small arms and light weapons (SALW) come under the spotlight, as the United Nations Programme of Action conference gets underway in New York.
There are estimated to be around 640 million illicit SALW in circulation globally. Their portability and ease of use makes them the weapon of choice for gangs, terrorists and pirates and other armed groups, presenting a daily, deadly threat to the safety of millions of people worldwide.
The number of landmine and unexploded ordnance casualties in Cambodia rose by 17 per cent to 286 last year, underlining the continued need for MAG's lifesaving work in the country.
Figures from the Cambodian Mine/Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System (CMVIS) show that 71 people died and 215 were injured as a result of 150 accidents, the same accident total as recorded in 2009.
MAG focuses not only on removing as many mines as possible but on removing those mines that pose the greatest threat to lives, livelihoods and development.
The UK Government has appointed MAG to remove and destroy thousands of mines and items of unexploded ordnance, and to teach the dangers of these deadly weapons, to communities in two of countries most seriously affected by deadly remnants of conflict.
This vital funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) will allow MAG to expand its lifesaving work in Cambodia and Lao PDR, both countries where MAG has been working since the early 1990s, but where ongoing donor support for our work is crucial.
With the approved DFID funding, MAG will reduce the daily threat of …
How to avoid a landmine when you leave the house...
Open your front door and look outside for anything unusual, not that you'll see anything because nothing has really changed since yesterday morning, but it's the not knowing that gets to you.
You step outside and walk the same path that you walked yesterday. You're sure it's fine, but last week your neighbour's daughter lost her life on this path. The very path you hope is safe. A path you have walk on every day because you have responsibilities; you have a family and they need to be provided for.