landmines

Alert over growing use of cluster munitions, despite stockpile reductions

Lethal cluster munitions are still being used in old and new conflicts around the world, from Syria to Libya, to Nagorno-Karabakh, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday.

Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact on clearance efforts

Thousands of people continue to be killed and injured every year by landmines and explosive weapons in conflicts around the world, while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced mine-clearance efforts to be scaled back, a  UN-backed civil society report on the issue said on Thursday.

Libya’s cities left ‘re-contaminated’ by months of fighting, warn landmine clearance experts

Ongoing hostilities in Libya have left numerous cities severely “re-contaminated” with unexploded ordnance, threatening schools, universities and hospitals, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 12 February 2020

  • Countries and airlines should react to COVID-19 risk proportionally, urges UN aviation organization chief 
  • Libya’s cities ‘re-contaminated’ by months of fighting, warn UN mine experts 
  • International Support Group for Lebanon calls for comprehensive reforms 
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Looking towards a future without landmines 

A world without landmines is possible - and sooner than you think. 

That’s the message from mine clearance experts helping to make communities safe with the UN Mine Action Service, or UNMAS. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, they explain that although contaminated land is being cleared in more than two dozen countries, this fulfils only a small part of their future development needs. 

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Monday’s Daily Brief: Colombia marches, major mine action summit, violence against women a barrier to peace, South Sudan update

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Guterres holds “focused and frank” informal talks over Cyprus, responds to Colombia protests; Violence targeting women impedes peace; UN Mission, community condemn South Sudan violence; UN weather watchdog sounds climate alarm; Norway hosts anti-landmine summit. 

News in Brief 25 November 2019

  • UN chief praises peaceful Colombia protests, condemns violence 
  • UN Mission, community leaders, condemn South Sudan rioting
  • Mine action champion, Norway hosts anti-landmine summit 
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Service and Sacrifice: Irish forces in Golan ‘well trained to deal with challenging situations’

Irish military personnel serving under the UN flag in the Golan have been “well trained to deal with challenging situations,” according to the head of the contingent there. UN News's Daniel Dickinson has been talking to the commander of the Irish forces, Lieutenant Colonel Louis Flynn.

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Mine ban agreement ‘has saved countless lives’, but ‘accelerated efforts’ needed to end scourge for good: Guterres

Although a landmark convention banning Anti-Personnel Mines has saved “countless lives” and limbs over the past 20 years, “accelerated efforts” are needed to ensure that they are removed from the face of the earth forever, the UN chief said on Thursday.

Near record funding for landmine clearance, but casualties remain high

The use of anti-personnel mines has “dramatically decreased” in recent decades, a leading expert on the munitions said on Tuesday, amid concerns about the high number of civilian casualties in conflict zones. Amelie Chayer from UN partner organization the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, told UN News how the international community to tackling the issue.

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