FEEDBACK – HI at the 21st International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Advisers

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From 13 to 16 February, HI participated in the 21st International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Advisers in Geneva.

HI is a co-founder member of ICBL-CMC and contributes to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitors, which monitors two international disarmament treaties to produce annual reports on their implementation. Moreover the organization is a co-founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons.

These networks are key stakeholders in these international processes, and were present to draw recommendations towards 2025 objectives of a mine-free world.

HI is one of the main contributors, it relies on its expertise and experience in the field to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard and to put forward their proposal for the future.

“Every year landmines and other explosive hazards kill or injure thousands of people across the globe. The toll of human suffering is devastating. “ Selma Guso, Bosnian woman who survived a landmine accident.

HI presence at the event

HI participated in several plenary sessions, namely Jean-Pierre Delomier (Director of Humanitarian Action at HI) delivered a speech from the floor about save returns for refugees coming from areas of conflicts. You can read the full speech here.

Selma Guso, Bosnian Woman, Survivor Advocate

Selma Guso, Bosnian Woman, Survivor Advocate

HI participated also in two side events. The first one, organized by NPA: Conflict Preparedness and Prevention, covering the humanitarian consequences of the use of EWIPA. The second one dedicated to the launch of a Geographic Information Systems software called IMSMA core, aimed at providing near real-time maps and report on the extent of land contamination, and organized by GICHD.

Moreover, HI facilitated the participation of Selma Guso a survivor from Bosnia. She survived a landmine accident when she was 8 years old. Selma opened the conference with Agnes Marcaillou, the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service. She also delivered a closing speech with the Prince Mired Bin Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan and DHC Kelly Clements.

What is the UN International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors ?

The 21st International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and United Advisers is a week of plenary session and discussion with the actors of UNMAS ( United mines action services), NGO’s and witnesses. UNMAS leads, coordinates and implements all aspects linked to the mitigation of the threats from mines and explosive remnants of war.