The 4th April is International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, a day observed every year by the United Nations to honour and promote the essential work of demining and mine-risk education in development and peace building.
The theme for International Mine Awareness Day 2017 is “Needs driven. People centred,” acknowledging that the work of UNMAS (UN Mine Action Service, which is in it’s 20th year) “has been driven by the needs of affected people and tailored to the threat of explosive hazards faced by civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarians” (UN).
In his message for International Mine Awareness Day 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasises the ongoing importance of this issue:
Peace without mine action is incomplete peace.
I urge all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when negotiating peace, when seeking to prevent harm during conflicts, and when deploying emergency humanitarian responses in war zones.
Mine action establishes the foundations for lasting recovery and development.
No one should have to live in fear of dying even after the fighting stops.
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