International Mine Action DayApr 4, 2013
"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