The General Assembly declared that 4 April be the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (A/RES/60/97) to highlight the importance of mine action for peace and security, humanitarian action and development.
This international day provides the opportunity worldwide to highlight the threats posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices, as well as the central role that the United Nations plays to mitigate these threats and reduce their impact.
Consistent with the priorities of the Secretary-General, this year's commemoration will feature the theme "UN Mine Action Promotes Sustainable Development Goals - Safe Ground - Safe Home."
The Inter-Agency Coordination Group for Mine Action will further roll out the new multi-year United Nations Mine Action Strategy 2019-2023. The strategy outlines the priority outcome areas and commitments of the United Nations to mitigate the threats posed by explosive ordnance.
It articulates the role of UN mine action to enable humanitarian, peace and security and development responses, and to respond to the evolving contexts of armed conflict.
The UN’s fundamental imperative is to protect and help survivors, which closely aligns with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The strategy embodies this approach.
Commemoration activities for 2019 will focus on the strategy as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group for Mine Action will launch a five-year campaign, Safe Ground, combining the mine action strategy with the power of sport to turn minefields into playing fields.
There will be several events, all culminating in the opening of an exhibition in the Visitors’ Lobby of the General Assembly on 4 April.
Stay tuned to iSeek to learn more about different initiatives and events, and the messages from Secretary-General António Guterres and Daniel Craig, the Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.