International day for mine awareness and assistance in mine action – April 4 2020 [fr]
International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is the opportunity to reaffirm the importance France attaches to the fight against antipersonnel mines and other explosive remnants of war
Mines, improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war and the risks attached to them constitute a true barrier to the return of vulnerable displaced populations and refugees, to stabilization, and to the reconstruction of countries which went through conflicts. This is especially visible in areas where the fight against ISIS took place for several years.
The goal of a world free of mines was set in 2014 in the framework of the Ottawa Convention (adopted in 1997, prohibiting antipersonnel mines). The Oslo Convention (adopted 2008, prohibiting cluster munitions) also takes part in pursuing this goal. For more than 20 years, France has been firmly committed to the implementation and universalization of these conventions.
France leads numerous awareness actions and humanitarian demining in order to allow the return of the most vulnerable displaced populations and refugees. In addition to its diplomatic action, France acts to reduce the number of victims and supports many countries, through its expertise and assistance programs of training, in order for them to declare themselves “free of mines”.
For more information :
- joint message of the Global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards and the director of the United Nations Mine Action Service
- (PDF - 117.2 kb)
- UN Secretary General’s message
- (PDF - 59.1 kb)
Watch the interview of Mrs. Agnes Marcaillou, UNMAS director (in french)