Every year on April 4, the world observes the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, with the aim of creating awareness about the dangers of explosive mines and generating support for efforts aimed at eliminating them. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) leads the mine action community, which plays a crucial role in achieving the goals of mine action.
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has selected the theme “Mine Action Cannot Wait”.
The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was created in 1997 to lead the campaign against mines and has been ratified by 164 countries since then. In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated April 4 as the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance for Mine Action, to be observed worldwide.
Since then, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been working to address the needs of individuals affected by explosive hazards, including civilians, humanitarian workers, and peacekeepers. UNMAS collaborates with various organizations and states across the world to provide assistance to people affected by landmines and to eliminate the threats posed by these dangerous explosives.