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Denmark provides critical support to mine action

Multi-million dollar contribution will aid urgently needed mine action work in Afghanistan and Libya

NEW YORK, New York, July 21, 2011 

As part of an assistance package that will support mine action efforts in Afghanistan and Libya, Denmark contributed DKK 15,000,000 to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action in March 2011. During 2010, Denmark was among the largest donors to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, which the United Nations Mine Action Service manages.

“Our work is an enabling force for the achievement of security and development in affected countries” says Justin Brady the Acting Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service.  “We are grateful for Denmark’s contribution and it highlights how Denmark continues to be a key partner in our global efforts,” he adds.

The contribution has also played a critical role in facilitating the rapid deployment of the United Nations mine action response to the Libya conflict.  To present a coordinated mine action response to threats from explosive remnants of war in Libya, the United Nations and international NGOs have partnered to form the Joint Mine Action Coordination Team (JMACT). The JMACT is providing coordination, prioritizing clearance tasks, mobilizing resources and liaising with the appropriate authorities and the international community. JMACT members are fully operational in Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Misrata and Tobruk.

JMACT is made up of UNMAS, Danish Demining Group, Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) and its implementing partners include DanChurchAid, Handicap International, ICRC, Norwegian People's Aid, Mines Advisory Group, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action and UNICEF.

The funds contributed by the Government of Denmark will also enable the implementation of a wide range of mine action activities in different parts of Afghanistan.  These activities will contribute to an increase in human security and focus on priority areas including farmland, water sources, schools, local travel routes and remote villages to decrease the threat posed by mines and explosive remnants of war.

The United Nations Mine Action Service is located in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

For further information, please contact

Max Dyck, JMACT Team Leader

New York:
Aaron J. Buckley, United Nations Mine Action Service,
Tel. +1 212 963 4632