This document updates and replaces the
document entitled "Mine action and effective coordination: the United
Nations policy," endorsed by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine
Action (IACG-MA) in 1998 and amended in 1999. The policy seeks to apply
General Assembly and Security Council resolutions and presidential statements
to the work of the United Nations in the area of mine action. It is informed
by relevant international treaties, the International Mine Action Standards
(IMAS), and 15 years of collective knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned
of the United Nations mine action team1, governments, non-governmental
organisations (NGOs), international organisations and regional organisations.
The present document:
- Defines the vision and core commitments
of United Nations mine action.
- Outlines the legal framework within
which United Nations mine action takes place.
- Elaborates the common positions that
derive from the vision and core commitments.
- Describes the coordination mechanisms,
and individual roles and responsibilities of United Nations actors in mine
The document was approved at a 6 June
2005 meeting of the IACG-MA Principals.