International Mine Action Day

Apr 4, 2013

Deminers at work in Laos. UN Photo: Paul Wagner

"Eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war is a crucially important endeavour that advances peace, enables development, supports nations in transition and saves lives.

The United Nations continues to provide wide-ranging assistance to millions of people.... But more progress is needed, and new frontiers for action have emerged, most notably in Syria and Mali, where the devastating humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is growing. ...

On this International Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Our Stories


Cambodia: Demining brings hope to former battlegrounds

A demining program in Cambodia has successfully freed land from unexploded ordnance, allowing it to be used for farming. more 


A mine action project in Guinea-Bissau has cleared hundreds of hectares, giving rural inhabitants access to their land for agriculture, livestock and water. more 


Landmine clearing efforts help boost Angola’s recovery

UNDP has contributed to local efforts by training more than 1,000 demining specialists at the National Demining Institute in recent years.more 


Tackling the deadly legacy of war in Lao PDR

Rice planting season is a nerve-wracking time for 49 year-old farmer Vongphone of Xieng Khouang province, in northern Lao. He was disabled five years ago whenmore 

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Mine Action in Lao PDR

UNDP helped the Lao PDR government to develop a national programme to clear the country of unexploded sub-munitions.