Conflicts now "even more dangerous": mines agency chief

The head of the UN’s agency tasked with delivering a mine-free world has warned of the spiralling dangers for civilians and humanitarian workers in conflicts around the world.

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Ban commends successes of mine action, calls for more support to eradicate explosives threat

As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action today, the United Nations Secretary-General pointed to a decade of much progress in efforts towards eradicating the threat of anti-personnel landmines.

Ban urges accession to pact prohibiting use of indiscriminate weapons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for universal accession to the United Nations convention that prohibits the use of certain indiscriminate weapons that cause unnecessary suffering to combatants or civilians, including landmines, booby-traps and other explosive devices.

General Assembly calls for greater efforts to remove threat of landmines, munitions

The General Assembly today called on countries, institutions and United Nations agencies to step up their collective efforts to eliminate the threat posed by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) as the number of deaths and injuries worldwide from such hazards continues to fall.

As 94 States sign cluster bomb ban, funds for overall UN de-mining languish

While 94 countries signed an historic United Nations-sponsored treaty renouncing the use of cluster bombs, the larger effort to rid the world of ordnance that kill and maim thousands of people years after they are laid is facing a gigantic shortfall, with less than 5 per cent of funding secured so far for 2009.

UN deminers in southern Lebanon to be honoured with top award

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that its top honour will go to the world body’s bomb disposal experts for their work in clearing explosives from southern Lebanon, which have been threatening the lives of civilians since the 2006 conflict with Israel.

Perils of unexploded remnants of war stressed in UN mine report

A new United Nations report finds 26 out of 29 war-ravaged countries or territories surveyed to be plagued with the lurking remnants of cluster bombs and other explosives, and proposes measures to address these deadly weapons.

First mine action day to be marked at UN toward ending scourge

Though 15,000 men, women and children around the world are still losing lives or limbs by coming upon explosive mines each year, the end of the scourge is now in sight if international action is sustained, a United Nations official said today as he previewed the first international day dedicated to the issue.

UN committed to ridding world of landmine threat, Annan tells treaty meeting

Countries party to an international treaty banning landmines gathered today at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva for their latest meeting to examine worldwide progress in the destruction of these weapons.

Afghanistan: UN envoy welcomes adoption of anti-landmine treaty

The United Nations top official in Afghanistan – the world’s most mine-infested country – today hailed the country’s decision to adopt an international treaty banning the deadly weapons.