International Mine Awareness Day - 4th April

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The United Nations commemorated International Mine Awareness Day on April 4th.

An Overview of the News

  • The focus was on highlighting the negative impacts of landmines and explosive remnants of war on civilian populations.

  • The day stressed the significance of protecting individuals with disabilities in conflict zones and during peacebuilding efforts.

  • The theme for 2024, 'Protecting Lives, Building Peace,' emphasizes the role of mine action in both saving lives and promoting peace in affected areas.

History of International Mine Awareness Day:

  • Established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 2005.

  • Observed annually on April 4th.

  • Aims to raise awareness about landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

  • Originated from growing international concern over the widespread use of landmines.

  • Followed significant milestones such as the signing of the Ottawa Treaty in 1997.

  • Continues to highlight the ongoing threat posed by landmines and ERW globally.

  • Encourages efforts to clear landmines, provide risk education, and support affected communities.

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