International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

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International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
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International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is annually observed on April 4. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the day serves to raise awareness about the perils of landmines and promote efforts to eradicate them.

This day contributes to programs in 20 countries affected by mines, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Burkina Faso, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. The United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA), composed of 12 departments, agencies, funds, and programs, along with observer entities like the World Bank and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, guides the inter-agency policy for the day.

The United Nations encourages people to take action on this day to eliminate the threat of mines, support communities in their recovery, and assist individuals in returning to safety and security.