Xperedon Fundraising Tools
Advertisment

LANDMINE PROGRESS: Optimism from NGOs

30/11/2012 by Alan Cole in the UK

Massive progress on global landmine clearance and prohibition, although still work to be done...

NGOs celebrate results on landmine clearance as UN gets set for Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, although more work needed especially to help survivors...



The annual meeting of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty or Ottawa Convention takes place from December 3 to 7 in Geneva, Switzerland...

The meeting to agree on mine clearance programmes, and review stockpile destruction is also expected to hear from several nations that are celebrating landmine free status...

On the eve of what is expected to be a conference celebrating much good news on the subject of landmine clearance, a leading NGO is also announcing a raft of positive results from around the world...

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a 1997 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, says landmine use by governments is now at a low with mine clearance services benefiting from record levels of funding...

However, assistance to landmine survivors remains an urgent priority...

“The low in anti-personnel landmine use by states this year, the all-time high in mine clearance funding in 2011, and the dramatic reduction in landmine casualty rates compared to one decade ago is a testament to the achievements of the Mine Ban Treaty over the past 15 years and that’s the good news...” explains Mark Hiznay, editor of Landmine Monitor 2012, a report released by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Finland, South Sudan, and Somalia have joined the Mine Ban Treaty since July 2011.

Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Colombia, the report notes have experienced big progress in reducing the number of casualties and human suffering...

160 governments have signed the treaty banning the production, use, transfer and stockpile of landmines, about 80 per cent of countries worldwide.

However, there are clearly still challenges ahead with a total of 4,286 new casualties from landmines and explosive remnants recorded in 2011, or approximately 12 casualties per day, albeit a reduction from 32 casualties per day in 2001...

Whilst only one government, Syria, used anti-personnel landmines in 2012, four governments used anti-personnel mines in 2011: Israel, Libya, Myanmar and Syria, say monitors...

And the report also highlights new challenges including a significant increase in casualties in countries such as Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria...

Those not part of the Treaty include China, Libya, Myanmar, United States and Singapore...

International and national funding for mine action in 2011 was the largest combined total ever at approximately USD 662 million, or USD 25 million more than in 2010.

Despite this record total, set aside funding for victim assistance decreased by 30 per cent from 2010, the lowest level since the Monitor began reporting on such funding in 2007...

Challenges to availability and accessibility of services for survivors were identified in at least 12 countries in 2011, due to declining international assistance as well as heightened or new conflicts...

“While the annual rate of new casualties has decreased greatly during the past decade the total number of survivors in need of victim assistance has continued to grow around the world each year..." Hiznay explains...

"...the promise of the Treaty to adequately address the rights and needs of the hundreds of thousands of survivors must be fulfilled.

“This continues after the stockpiles have been destroyed and clearance completed..."

Despite progress, eliminating the daily impact landmines have on communities will require a “sustained international effort for years to come...” says Hiznay...

Findings from the report include 87 States Parties have officially declared completion of stockpile destruction, collectively destroying more than 46 million stockpiled anti-personnel mines...

A total of 19 States Parties have reported completion of their obligation to clear areas containing anti-personnel mines.

The Monitor, the research arm of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), is coordinated by five NGOs - Handicap International, Mines Action Canada, Action on Armed Violence, Human Rights Watch and Norwegian People’s Aid...

Many landmine NGOs have been reporting progress this year, often using innovative technologies and systems to tackle clearance...

These include MAG - Mines Advisory Group – that runs clearance operations across the world including Somalia, Cambodia and Iraq; and also APOPO, the NGO that trains rats for its mine clearing operations in countries including Mozambique, Thailand and Angola...

Also the Halo Trust that has celebrated this year clearing more than 120,000 landmines from Sri Lanka, enabling 190,000 displaced people to return to their homes...

A reminder that landmine clearance transforms lives, allowing communities to restore normality, return to their properties and livelihoods and build up economic and social infrastructure, including health, education services, agriculture, etc...


Charity News every weekday
Written and edited in London and Geneva All Xperedon news articles are original and are written by the Xperedon news team. The team is headed in the UK by Alan Cole, an experienced award-winning journalist and copywriter. Alan has previously worked in-house for UK publishers, Pearson Media (Financial Times) and Northcliffe Newspapers, among others, and is an accredited member of the National Union of Journalists, UK.

Send us your Charity News Got Something to Share? Send us your charity news articles

If you have some Charity / Philanthropy / Fundraising news you'd like to share with us, or an RSS feed that you would like us to include on www.giving-news.com, please email us your news articles here and we'll take care of the rest.

Follow us on Twitter
We tweet all Xperedon Charity News and retweet the "best of the rest" all day, every weekday

Join the conversation

Charities, non-profits, CSR, businesses - seeking the skills and resources to ensure success for that challenging web development project?

Wild flowers

27/07/2016

Charities need to make better use of new technology in order to attract younger donors and supporters online, reveals new research.

Keyboard

25/07/2016

International development charity named as official charity partner of the inaugural Bluedot Festival.

Saturn

22/07/2016

A donation of 2,400 solar lanterns will provide light for internally displaced families in Ethiopia.

Solar lanterns

22/07/2016

A tech study tracking the migrations of cuckoos over the past five years, has made a series of important discoveries.


22/07/2016

England Community Life Survey shows a sustained level of volunteering, and charitable donations from the public remaining at their highest ever.

Wild flowers

21/07/2016

When green energy is cheaper than black, the world will be running on sustainable energy, says energy technology expert.

Wind farm

21/07/2016

Xperedon has launched a new company to reflect its growing role as a provider of cloud-based solutions for the business and non-profit sector.

Fishing planet

15/07/2016

Animal welfare charity warns public to be aware of dangers of dogs being left in hot cars.

Border collie puppy

14/07/2016

Charity partners involved in international tech collaboration project, to create new bank of cancer models to accelerate research.

Wild flowers

13/07/2016

Cloud computing giant’s grants programme will provide $4 million to non-profit and education institutions globally, to recognise innovative and scalable technology solutions for good.

Charity news

12/07/2016

NGOs and partners working in Zimbabwe to alleviate hunger, are appealing for international support to combat desperate conditions exacerbated by drought.

Fishing basket

11/07/2016

Donkey sanctuary residents take up home with 150 cats at Cats Protection's national cat centre.


08/07/2016

Disability charity praises increase in adult social care spending but warns of crisis unless further support is provided.

Dambusters-for-charity

07/07/2016

Education, peacebuilding and inclusion major themes of new Carnegie Foundation multi-million dollar funding.


06/07/2016

Solar power installations go live in Kenya with the aid of impact investment programme.

Solar lights

05/07/2016

Subscribe to the Weekly Newsletter

Receive a weekly round up of News from Xperedon, delivered to your inbox.

   
 
 
   

Cloud computing giant’s grants programme will provide $4 million to non-profit and education institutions globally, to recognise innovative and scalable technology solutions for good.

Charity news

12/07/2016

Education, peacebuilding and inclusion major themes of new Carnegie Foundation multi-million dollar funding.


06/07/2016

Charity ambassador Orlando Bloom highlights the issue of education in the war zone, as report reveals nearly a quarter of the world's school-aged children live in crisis-hit countries.

Orlando Bloom

05/05/2016

Computer technology giant announces 200 million USD to boost Computer Science Education across America.

Balloons

15/04/2016

Conflict has cost Syria an estimated USD 275 billion economically, with children paying the biggest price in terms of lost education and health, says charity report.

Syrian refugees

08/03/2016

16 million children living in poverty in the USA lack access to new, high-quality books, says literacy charity.


03/03/2016

Charity-backed initiative to educate over half a million children in South Sudan.

Back to school

19/02/2016

India and World Bank sign USD 50 million project to improve education and skills training for minority communities in India.

India World Bank

01/01/2016

Environmental charity calls for streamlined standards for green bonds to boost environmental and financial performance.

Trees

23/06/2016

Pro-environmental partners urge businesses to add recycled coffee to their CSR agenda.

Coffee

19/05/2016

A programme bringing together diverse communities through a range of activities including IT and environmental skills, has received a £1.5 million funding investment.

Tree

06/05/2016

Environmental groups and charities call for dedicated action, after record support for climate agreement is achieved in Paris.

Ice melt

26/04/2016

Cloud computing experts release policy paper exploring cloud computing, and the consequences for social, organisational and environmental impact.

Social impact

22/04/2016

Public pressure pushes corporates to improve their ethical and environmental policies, says charity.

Fruits

20/04/2016

New International Executive Directors at environmental group look to the future with a shared leadership approach.


08/04/2016

Homeless charity receives UK funding to support young people and environmental action across the South of England.

Wildflower meadow

07/04/2016

Charities need to make better use of new technology in order to attract younger donors and supporters online, reveals new research.

Keyboard

25/07/2016

How safe are apps and other non-embedded software used on our smartphones, tablets and personal computers?

Fishing planet

10/06/2016

New measures being proposed to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.

European payments innovation

01/06/2016

European payments directive backs innovation and competition in online payments technology and services.

European payments innovation

03/05/2016

A UK charity-supported collaboration is providing an online mapping platform to support agribusiness investment in the developing world.

Fresh-produce

14/04/2016

FaceBook is main social media tool of choice for NGOs globally, reveals new non-profit research, however many NGOs in emerging economies are still waiting to switch online.

Keyboard

13/04/2016

The Open University Business School has launched its first free online course as part of the newly established Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.

Keyboard

11/03/2016

What happens to your online presence after you pass away? New research could change the way people view their use of social media, says Marie Curie charity.

Daffodil-Marie Curie

29/02/2016