Mine Action

 de-mining
De-mining. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

In many countries, mines and unexploded ordnances – bombs, mortars, grenades, missiles or other devices that failed to detonate on impact – remain active and can kill if touched or moved. They endanger the lives of generations of civilians, especially children who may come across them on their way to school, when playing or fetching water.

Highlights

  • UNDP-EU partnership helped Bosnia and Herzegovina declare itself free of cluster munitions in 2012.
  • With the support of partners such as UNDP and EU, Albania was declared mine-free in 2009…
  • …and we have also supported mine action programmes in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Chile, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Yemen.

Mine Action represents an essential part of the UNDP-EU cooperation. This includes supporting countries on several levels: minimizing the impact of landmines in their development efforts, removing landmines or clearly marking contaminated areas, teaching people how to protect themselves from danger in mine-affected environments, providing support to mine victims, and advocating for a mine-free world.

Together, we have supported mine action programmes in Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Chile, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Yemen.

After many years of technical support from UNDP and EU, Albania was declared mine-free in 2009. Likewise, Bosnia Herzegovina destroyed its final stockpile of cluster sub-munitions in January 2012.

Our Stories

Albania: Mine free and on the road to development

Albania is officially free from mine threats, following a decade of demining. Combined efforts by government agencies and UNDP, supported by EU, resulted in the destruction of 12,452 anti-personnel mines, 152 anti-tank mines and 4,965 pieces of unexploded ordnance. more

Removing physical barriers to Cyprus reunification

Antigoni Kallouri and Necmi Maraşuna were among those Cypriot farmers, on both sides of the island, who for many years could not access their lands. The more

View more stories
Read more about UNDP's work on Mine Action
View More