UN committed to mine awareness throughout the world: Secretary-GeneralListen /
Eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war is a crucially important endeavour that advances peace, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of Mine Action Awareness Day, observed yearly on the 4th of April.
The United Nations is strongly committed to mine awareness, he said, and a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war.
Agnes Marcaillou, the Director of the UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, says Mine Action Awareness Day is to remind all that the world is contaminated.
“In too many countries around the world, too many people cannot go get water or if they do, they can risk their limbs, their fingers. The kids cannot play or the mothers cannot sleep because the kid is out playing and they don't know if the land is safe. “
The International Day of Mine Action Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action has been observed since 1997.
Gerry Adams, United Nations