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.

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. 

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.

Landmine casualties high for third consecutive year despite record funding, latest monitor reports

Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to rid the world of landmines, the number of casualties caused by explosive remnants of war (ERW) remains high, according to the latest UN-backed civil society report on the issue, published on Tuesday.

Afghanistan: UN-backed mine clearing project reports 34 killed during 2014

The United Nations-supported Mine Action Programme in Afghanistan (MAPA) has said today that while 2014 could prove to have been a major turning point in the country’s long and tortured history, it was also a year that had inflicted “immense and unprecedented tragedy” on the programme’s personnel.

On International Day, UN hails vital role of women in achieving world free of landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action, stressing their vital role in advancing the vision of a world free of landmines.

Landmines threatening safe return of displaced Yemenis, UN warns

Landmines and other explosive remnants of war are threatening the safe return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen, a spokesperson for the United Nations humanitarian arm warned today, adding that demining efforts are being hampered by a funding shortfall.

UN teams up with actor Jeremy Renner in new film on Afghanistan

Actor Jeremy Renner, who shot to fame playing a bomb disposal expert in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, took a five-day visit to Afghanistan in late 2010 to highlight the efforts of the United Nations to remove landmines.