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prevent children from going to school.The Real Impact of Mines and Explosive Hazards Every year. unsafe munitions depots. unexploded ordnance. mines. They stop farmers from working the land. Their presence delays reconstruction and breeds insecurity. They block the delivery of humanitarian aid. cluster bombs and improvised explosive devices kill or injure thousands worldwide. explosive remnants of war. The disruption to lives and livelihoods and other costs to communities are equally devastating. These explosive hazards close roads. UNMAS was established in 1997 by the UN General Assembly to neutralize these threats and to help build safe communities and save lives. The human toll is terrible. hampering economic and social development and effectively robbing people of their sources of income. the deployment of peacekeepers and development. .
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UNMAS UNMAS is the lead United Nations entity on explosive hazards and the focal point for the coordination of “mine action” in the UN system. . improvised explosive devices. allowing UN staff to rapidly deploy and refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to safely return to their homes and resume their lives without fear. UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to ensure an effective. UNMAS provides critical support to the protection of civilians. UNMAS expert staff and specialized equipment tackle unsecured and poorly-managed stockpiles of weapons and ammunition. peacekeeping. unexploded ordnance and cluster munitions. humanitarian relief and development. dangerous storage depots. UNMAS is an active component of peacekeeping and special political missions throughout the world in accordance with Security Council mandates and also intervenes at the request of Member States and United Nations Country Teams in the context of humanitarian emergencies. Fourteen UN entities work together to implement the United Nations vision of a world free from the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war including cluster munitions. proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards.
including mines. where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development and where the human rights and the needs of mine and ERW victims are met and survivors are fully integrated as equal members of their societies. rehabilita• • • • tion. ERW. marking. and clearing explosive hazards. including emergency and other medical assistance. UNMAS leads this effort through: • Surveying. including cluster munitions. cluster munitions • Educating people on the risks of explosive hazards Facilitating and coordinating victim assistance. fencing-off. social and economic reintegration for survivors Advocating adherence to and compliance with relevant instruments of international humanitarian and human rights law Assisting countries in the destruction of stockpiles Ensuring effective coordination throughout the UN System .Vision and Leadership The United Nations vision is to achieve a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war.
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UNMAS leads the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action. . including through processes such as the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects. UNMAS develops policies and standards for the mine action community as well as common United Nations positions on mine action. UNMAS improves the effectiveness and impact of actions of the United Nations and the mine action community at large. From its headquarters.Coordination Through its leadership and coordination. in New York and Geneva. UNMAS provides policy direction and technical and financial support to field operations and partner organizations. the Mine Action Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster and contributes to the Inter-Agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Coordinating Action on Small Arms mechanism. UNMAS coordinates mine action interventions on the ground.
From Afghanistan to Mali. . UNMAS leads. UNMAS provides advisory and technical support to United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions. As first responders. risk education. from Somalia to Colombia and elsewhere. UNMAS explosive hazards experts stand by to provide life saving rapid response to deploy at short notice to emergencies. the deployment of peacekeepers and safe.Programmes UNMAS operates in the most challenging environments in the world. coordinates and carries out clearance. and rapid response to humanitarian emergencies. victim assistance and stockpile destruction activities and provides expert guidance and training to national authorities of affected countries. This paves the way for humanitarian assistance. Working with governments and other actors to provide timely and effective responses. secure communities.
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the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). films. activism and funding. strengthening and implementation of international agreements related to explosive hazards and the rights of persons affected by them. and press events. its Amended Protocol II and Protocol V. UNMAS ensures that mine action receives the highest profile in publications. The E-MINE website (mineaction. UNMAS articulates and integrates mine action priorities into the agendas of United Nations legislative bodies and leads United Nations advocacy for the development. the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA). UNMAS reaches out to a global audience to generate greater awareness. . From annual commemorations of the “International Day for Mine Action” to organization of specific exhibits.Policy and Advocacy UNMAS identifies emerging trends.org) is a “gateway” to all issues related to United Nations mine action. the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). develops policy to enhance sector-wide operational effectiveness and accountability as the chair of the United Nations Coordination Group for Mine Action. UNMAS promotes and supports the implementation of instruments of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. social media. UNMAS promotes adherence to international norms and standards for the full range of explosive hazards. websites and world press arenas. including the Anti–Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBT).
org . UNMAS works in close partnership with donors and affected countries and forges innovative partnerships with civil society and the private sector to mobilize resources for mine action around the globe. the inter-agency UN mechanism aimed at directing funding to United Nations partners.Funding UNMAS manages the United Nations Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action (VTF). go to: www. national mine action entities in affected countries and non-governmental organizations.unmas. For more information about how you can help.
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