Baghdad, 13 August 2018 – This week marked the beginning of a 75-day training course in Anbar jointly organized by the Ministry of Interior and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). This course will be the first of its kind, with Iraqi Police instructors and UNMAS instructors working closely side-by-side to train local police in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and improvised explosive devices disposal (IEDD).
Baghdad, 25 July 2018 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes a first contribution of EUR 500,000 (USD 590,000) from the Government of France dedicated to explosive hazard management in support of humanitarian and stabilization efforts.
The presence of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in areas liberated from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), will continue to impede security and stability efforts until they are cleared and rendered safe.
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.
The United Nations Mine Action Service, UNMAS, with funding from the Embassy of Japan and MONUSCO, installed weapon safes in various police commissariats and sub-commissariats in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of 277 safes have been installed to date across the country, including 93 in Goma (North Kivu), 31 in Bukavu and Uvira (South Kivu), 73 in Bunia (Ituri), 24 in Kananga (Kasai Central) and 56 in Kinshasa. The ceremony officialising the handover of the equipment took place on Monday 28 May 2018 at the General Police Commissariat in Kinshasa.
1.1 Study Background and Implementation Approach
1.1 Study Background and Implementation Approach
A joint effort to clear unexploded mines and ammunition, and to educate people about the risks of remnants of war, is helping keep cattle herders and local communities safe in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal region of South Sudan.
A patrol involving a team from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) visited Majak-Joong, a cattle camp located in the far north of the country, near the border with Sudan and Abyei.
Baghdad, 13 May 2018 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes the contribution of AUD 11 million (USD 8.6 million) from the Government of Australia dedicated to explosive hazard management in support of humanitarian and stabilization efforts.
Beirut, 1 April 2018 – with the support from the Government of Japan (USD 1.3 million), the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Syria Response launched the project “Protecting Civilians in Syria through Humanitarian Mine Action Coordination” to reinforce the protection of civilians in Syria through humanitarian mine action activities.
From 18th to 21st April, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) successfully conducted the disposal of approximately 3 tons of obsolete ammunition belonging to the Congolese National Police (PNC). The activity took place at Mbakana demolition site, in the municipality of Nsele,Kinshasa. The ammunition, intended mostly for crowd and riot control, consisted of tear gas dispensers, smoke grenades, caliber munitions and explosive grenades, among many others.
The Iraqi city of Fallujah on the Euphrates River west of Baghdad has seen repeated conflict over the years. Then came repairs to infrastructure including the city's Iron Bridge until recently spotted, submerged improvised explosive devices - IEDs - made the work unsafe. United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Iraq Senior Programme Manager Pehr Lodhammar describes what happened next.
By Pehr Lodhammar
Baghdad, 10 April 2018 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes a renewed contribution of twenty five million (25,000,000) Danish Kroner (USD 3.7 million) from the Government of Denmark in support of UNMAS’ activities that are providing an explosive hazard management response in areas liberated from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Baghdad, 5 April: The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes an additional contribution from the Republic of Estonia in support of mine action activities in Iraq. The Republic of Estonia has prioritized mine action, including clearance of explosives in areas liberated from ISIL, as essential activities before the rehabilitation and reconstruction work can be carried out and civilians can start to return home safely.
(9 April 2018. New York)
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has received a contribution of USD 9.3 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action (UN VTF) from the Government of Japan to undertake critical humanitarian mine action programming in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. Japan is one of the largest donors to the UN VTF providing over USD 132 million since 2010. In addition to its financial support, UNMAS benefits from the provision of Japanese in-kind personnel.
MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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.
(Bamako, le 4 avril 2018) : Le service de lutte Antimine de Nations Unies (UNMAS) et tous les partenaires de la lutte antimines au Mali ont célébré aujourd’hui la journée internationale de la sensibilisation au problème des mines et de l’assistance à la lutte antimines.
(4 April 2018. New York)
The United Kingdom, through its Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to clearing a further 20 km² of land and 1,000 km more of priority routes for humanitarian aid delivery in Afghanistan and Sudan, in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). This funding is part of DFID’s global efforts to address the landmine issue through a multi-year £100 million UK aid package announced last year.