Presentation of the GICHD [fr]
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining was officially created in 1999 and is one of the major contributions of Switzerland to the fight against antipersonnel mines on the global stage. The purpose of the Centre is to bring decision-making elements for the management of demining projects to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), “focal point” of the UN actions against mines. Since its creation, the GICHD tasks have expanded, and its links with Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) and other actors of the fight against mines developed, simultaneously to service offering for UNMAS.
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works towards reducing risks to communities stemming from explosive ordnance, with particular focus on mines, cluster munitions, other explosive remnants of war and ammunition storages.
The GICHD also fosters the implementation of relevant global norms and standards. It hosts and collaborates with the Implementation Support Units of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) and of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and supports the work of States Parties. It is mandated by the United Nations to perform the role of Secretary to the Review Board of the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).
The Centre offers field support focused on capacity development and advice, helps elaborating norms and standards, and proposes research and development focused on cutting-edge solutions.
Considered as a kind of Staff available to the United Nations and the international community, it enriches itself with specialists having an in-depth experience of mines and other explosive weapons combat programs management. The Centre is able to offer both contributor countries and concerned populations a global approach of the combat against mines, guaranteeing a high return on investment, with a significant impact on helped populations. The Centre provides the relevant elements for the implementation of awareness programs, of mines removal, of rehabilitation of victims and affected zones, in cooperation with non-governmental and international organisations.
The Director of the Centre is Mr Stefano Toscano, from Switzerland. The staff of the Centre regroups about fifty people.
France supports the action of the Centre since its creation and is a member of its Foundation Council.