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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action 2013 - UN Secretary-General's Message


United Nations Secretary-General's Message for 2013

Eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war is a crucially important endeavour that advances peace, enables development, supports nations in transition and saves lives.

The United Nations continues to provide wide-ranging assistance to millions of people in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Laos, Lebanon, South Sudan and elsewhere.  But more progress is needed, and new frontiers for action have emerged, most notably in Syria and Mali, where the devastating humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is growing.

I am encouraged that 161 Member States have agreed to be bound by the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention of 1997.  In addition, 111 have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 81 States have consented to be bound by Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.  127 nations have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 
I call for universal adherence to these important treaties.

United Nations mine action programmes continue to create space for humanitarian relief efforts, peace operations and development initiatives, allowing UN staff to deploy and refugees and internally displaced persons to return voluntarily to their homes.  The United Nations 2013-2018 Strategy on Mine Action sets out a series of steps towards a safer world where individuals and communities can pursue socio-economic development and where survivors are treated as equal members of their societies. 
The United Nations is strongly committed to mine awareness and mine action throughout the world.  On this International Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war. 

Ban Ki-moon

° Día Internacional de información sobre el peligro de las minas y de asistencia para las actividades relativas a las minas 4 de abril
° Международный день просвещения по вопросам  минной опасности и помощи в деятельности связанной с разминированием , 4 апреля
° Journée internationale de la sensibilisation au problème  des mines et de l’assistance à la lutte antimines,  4 avril
°  International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April

° 国际提高地雷意识和协助地雷行动日, 4月4日 
°  نيسان/أبريل4- والمساعدة في الأعمال المتعلقة بالألغام

 April 4, 2013 - Ambassador Saleumxay Kommasith,  Permanent Representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United Nations;  Ambassador Miguel Berger, Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Permanent Representative of  the Germany to the United Nations; Mr. Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General of the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Mr. Timothy Horner, Mine Action Adviser, United  Nations Development Programme  (UNDP) and Mr. Paul Heslop, Chief of Programmes, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

4 Apr 2013 - Event co-organized by the Permanent Mission of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Legacies of War.
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