4 April is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action designated by the General Assembly to raise awareness and seek assistance for mine action. On this occasion the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is organizing the first ever Mine Action Symposium.
Speakers will include the Special Envoy for the universalization of the Mine Ban Convention HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein from Jordan; ICBL Ambassador Tun Channareth; ICBL Ambassador Margaret Arach Orech; storyteller and photographer Mr. Giles Duley, who is also an IED-survivor and the protagonist of the Vice series "One Armed Chef"; Global Mine Action Advocate Mr. Daniel Craig; MAG Ambassador Ms. Rosamond Pike; Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion Mr. Jeff Meer and many more.
Together, twelve UN entities, coordinated by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), respond to the impact of landmines, improvised mines, explosive remnants of war and unexploded ordnance in over 30 countries across the globe.
2022 marks the 30-year anniversary of the establishment of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which is one of the most successful civil-society-led campaigns in history. Despite its seemingly impossible objective – a total ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines - five years after the campaign was launched the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention was opened for signature; today there are 164 States Parties. When civil society is harnessed, nothing is impossible.