Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) plague more than 50 countries on every continent and continue to cause casualties to civilians even decades after conflict has ended. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have collaborated with POTI to develop this course, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the policies, procedures, and standards that shape Mine Action activity around the world as countries and NGOs pursue the eradication of these hazards. The material seeks to empower students with the knowledge to champion the United Nations' vision of "a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development and where the human rights and the needs of mine and ERW victims are met and survivors are fully integrated as equal members of their societies." Topics include The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa MBT); mine action guidelines for ceasefires and peace agreements; landmine and ERW safety training; identifying landmines and ERW; International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and guidelines for application; victim assistance; mine risk education; UNICEF mine action strategy; mine information; mine action assessment; and the electronic mine action network E-MINE. A new lesson addresses the concern of identifying and responding to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Eight lessons.
Number of pages: 324 [English]
Publisher: Peace Operations Training Institute [09-09-14]