Monday, 1 April 2019 | Worldwide | UNMAS
Mine action is an essential step for realization of the 2030 Agenda. This is a theme being promoted in commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in 2019.
Led by the UN Department of Peace Operations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the 12 UN entities of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action are:
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- UN Development Programme (UNDP)
- Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
- UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
- UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
- World Food Programme (WFP)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
To learn more about the mandates of these entities and how they relate to mine action work, go to the E-Mine UN Mine Action site.
Mine action is cross cutting and well-coordinated sector. Every five years, these entities develop and endorse a practical UN Strategy for mine action work.
The new United Nations Mine Action Strategy 2019 - 2023, launched in January, emphasizes the importance of mine action for protection, prevention and peace sustainment. The five strategic objectives respond to context-specific needs and ensure that people remain at the centre of mine action initiatives.
The strategy highlights the needs and priorities of all people affected by explosive hazards, mainstreams gender and empowers youth, and is based on a mission to realize the 2030 Agenda.
On Thursday, 4 April, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, an assortment of these UN entities will participate in a panel discussion at UNHQ. They will describe the linkages between their entity, the new Mine Action Strategy, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
A mine action exhibit will also highlight these linkages and the comprehensive, whole-system approach that is guided by the new UN Mine Action Strategy.