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April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness
2019-04-04 12:57:56

April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness.

 

On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

On this International Day for Mine Awareness, let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines and assisting those who have been harmed by their use
António Guterres

It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.

 

 “All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step. Mine action clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt. Mine action changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves. It gives people and communities new horizons and hope,” UN Secretary General António Guterres said in a message.

 

This year, the United Nations has launched a new strategy and a campaign - “Safe Ground” - to ensure that no one, no state, and no war zone is left behind. With this global campaign, the aim is to turn minefields into playing fields, and to raise resources for victims and survivors of armed conflict.

 

“On this International Day for Mine Awareness, let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines and assisting those who have been harmed by their use,” António Guterres said.