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 striving to be mine-free by 2023

Although Afghanistan has been cleared of nearly 80 per cent of the landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) buried during conflicts, these weapons still pose serious threats to the lives of thousands of citizens.

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Mine action “has to come first” in world’s humanitarian crises

The indiscriminate nature of the threat posed by land mines has shown just how important mine-clearance work is to helping people affected by conflict , the UN said Monday.

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Exhibition links mine action and humanitarian work

Landmines and other explosive devices that were buried in the ground during conflict continue to kill and maim innocent people, mostly children.

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We must push for mine-free world, says former UN chief Kofi Annan

The push for a mine-free world has come a long way since a global treaty banning the weapons came into force in 1999, but the time has come to make one last collective effort, Kofi Annan said Wednesday.

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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.

On global Mine Action Day, Ban urges States to abide by pacts against landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for universal adherence to all international treaties prohibiting the use and stockpiling of landmines, and appealed for support for mine awareness and clearance efforts, which he said are necessary to create a safer world for all.