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Angola: UN launches global action project on landmines

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Luanda, 03/12 - A set of global projects for actions against landmines, which will present the general framework for urgent need of demining activities in Angola and other 35 countries also affected, will be launched today worldwide in New York, a UN Development Program note says.

According to the note delivered to Angop, the document shows the fulfillment done by member states to spur the UN, non-governmental organizations and the civil society contributing more effectively for peace and reconstruction.

During this international event a statement will be issued by Ambassador Gaspar Martins, Angola Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

It shows the strategy, goals and a total of 32 projects proposed by partners, worth almost USD 25 million.

The set of landmines action projects for Angola will be made available for distribution to the national authorities and donors on Wednesday, the day of its global launching. At national level, the launching ceremony will start next year.

Landmines have already affected one out of 415 Angolans.

The spreading of landmines and lack of education about its danger constitute the major hindrance for the returning to normal life in Angola after the war.

In a time that over three million people already returned to their areas of origin the landmines continue hindering the access of the population to their areas of cultivation and sources of drinking water.

Source: ANGOP