Seventeenth Mine Action Day Supported Around the Globe

On 8th December 2005, the UN General Assembly declared that the 4th of April each year would be observed as an international day for mine awareness and assistance in mine action. Mine action is the humanitarian effort to clear the world of landmines and other explosive hazards, which afflict over sixty countries worldwide.

Together Against Mines

The five pillars of humanitarian mine action are advocacy, stockpile destruction, demining (landmine and explosive hazard clearance operations), victim assistance, and risk education. Through these five key activity areas, the overall aim of mine action is to reduce the impact of mine-impacted communities.

In 1999 the ‘Ottwawa Mine Ban Treaty’ came into force, banning the use, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The aim of the treaty was to destroy existing stockpiles of antipersonnel landmines, identify and clear mine areas under their control, aid victims of landmines and to submit annual reports on implementation activities.

But, not all countries signed up to the treaty, including the United States, Russia and China. In recent weeks, other types of landmines being used by Russia in Ukraine have been reported, along with confirmed cluster munition strikes, the debris of which are de facto landmines – as described by landmine clearance charity founder Rae McGrath.

The observance this year focuses on the theme “Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home”, which draws on the impressive achievements of the global mine action community, from campaigning through to the ratification of treaties.

‘Safe Ground’ is a campaign to turn minefields into playing fields, launch by the UN General Secretary in 2019. ‘Safe Steps’ brings attention to the fear that many people experience when they move about, fear of falling foul buried landmines that could kill or maim without warning. Finally, ‘Safe Home’ is about restoring a sense of communal and personal security. In 2022, Brimstone won a contract to support vital work in the Middle East, acting in a quality assurance role for landmine clearance, unexploded ordnance risk management and other survey tasks. Brimstone is committed to the UN’s sustainable development goals and is a signatory and supporter of the UN Global Compact, helping raise awareness of conflict, landmine contamination and unexploded ordnance contamination.

Brimstone Together Against Mines

Brimstone is a leading provider of UXO risk management support, including explosive ordnance disposal, conventional munitions disposal, preliminary UXO risk assessment and detailed UXO risk assessments, intrusive and non-intrusive UXO surveys, UXO safety brief, UXO watching brief and borehole clearance. If you need specialist UXO support reach out to the team.