Tajikistan National Mine Action Center CelebratesApr 4, 2016
On April 4, 2016 Tajikistan National Mine Action Center (TNMAC) with UNDP Support to Tajikistan Mine Action Programme and participation of the UN agencies and Government of Tajikistan representatives, international organization such as OSCE, EU, NPA, FSD, ICRC and representatives of donor countries such as the US, France, UK, Iran, Afghanistan, Japan embassies as well as other national NGOs will commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This day was officially announced as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by resolution of UN General Assembly dated December 8, 2005, and it is annually celebrated at the international level. Tajikistan has been celebrating this event since 2006.
This year UNDP and TNMAC supports the worldwide awareness campaign initiative lunched by GICHD under the hashtag #TogetherAgainstMines in the lead up to April 4, the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Its goal is to increase knowledge about the problem of landmines around the world and it asks people to show their support for keeping the issue on the international agenda.
Ms. Sanja Bojanic UNDP Tajikistan Country Director a.i. mentioned about the UNDP contribution to mine action in Tajikistan which started from 2003 with establishing TMAC as well as highlighted the strategic achievements such as nationalization of TNMAC and the excellent progress in land release, mine risk education and victim assistance.
UNDP within its mandate, and in accordance with the principle of humanism, will make every effort to assist those who have suffered and continue to suffer from the mines. UNDP will apply our every effort to promote a “minefree” society, support socio-economic initiatives for mine victims, their families and people with disabilities, as well as increase mine awareness and mine risk education.
In addition to UNDP, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, TNMAC, OSCE, ICRC as well as the Embassy of France mentioned about their contribution to Mine Action Programme in Tajikistan.
Such event provides an opportunity to advocate for prohibition of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions through exchange of information and demonstration of solidarity with victims to support relevant international conventions at high level. It also serves as a great platform for resource mobilization for the purpose of fulfilling the Ottawa convention obligation.
Tajikistan is contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war as a result of civil war in 1992–1997 and mine-laying along the Afghan border by Russian forces. Population living along parts of the border with Uzbekistan face a threat from mines laid by Uzbekistan along parts of their side of the still disputed border. There is also a residual threat from cluster munition remnants in the Central Region, although the precise location and extent of contamination is not known. The extent of contamination from other explosive remnants of war is limited. Tajikistan acceded to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 1999 and to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 2005 including its Protocol II and V on ERW.
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