[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Peacekeeping Operations]
The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2010 is published jointly by
the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF). It exemplifies the "One UN" approach to our daily work.
"While I coordinate the production of the Portfolio, it wouldn't be possible without inputs from my colleagues in the field and at headquarters from UNMAS, UNICEF and UNDP," explains Aaron Buckley from the UNMAS Advocacy and Information Unit.
"My colleague here in New York, Milena Aguilar, designs the cover, the publishing section works hard and publishes it in a timely manner and then Louis Giordano from the distribution section ships copies around the world, including to Cartagena, Colombia where this year's edition is being launched."
In 2010, the United Nations will support projects to remove and destroy cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war, teach people how to stay out of harm's way, and assist the victims of these devices in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Western Sahara and Zambia.
This year's Portfolio describes 277 mine action initiatives planned in 27 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions in 2010. The total cost will be $589 million.
The Portfolio is an annual analysis of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programs. The Portfolio also provides proposals for mine action projects and details their costs.
"Remarkable progress has been made in eliminating the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war," says Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy in the Portfolio's foreword. "I wish all involved in this noble endeavor will sustain their commitment to end the suffering caused by landmines and explosive remnants of war."
Colleagues from mine action build capacities of national mine action institutions, backstop humanitarian relief initiatives and ensure the safe deployment of peacekeepers and
United Nations political missions in Afghanistan, Chad, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Lebanon, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan and Western Sahara.
About 70 countries are affected by landmines or explosive remnants of war, which together claimed over 5,000 casualties around the world last year. Landmines and explosive remnants of war also take a heavy toll on people's livelihoods, countries' economic and social development, and international peace-building efforts.
The portfolio is available at mineaction.org.