INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MINE AWARENESS AND MINE ACTION
On December 8th 2005, the General Assembly declared that April 4th shall be observed each year as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action reminds us how far we have come in clearing the world of explosive remnants of war and how far we still must go.
It calls for continual efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
How does architecture take part within Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action?
Our architectural work considers safety as a top priority. Therefore, ensuring that the ground where the construction project will take place is free from any danger is one big responsibility that everyone should embrace.
How it’s the situation today?
Today, more than 160 states have signed the Convention, and landmines have become almost universally unacceptable.
Over 55 million mines have been destroyed, more than 30 countries across the world have been declared mine-free, and casualties have dramatically decreased. But the world is still rife with millions of stockpiled landmines and over 50 countries remain contaminated with these abhorrent weapons.
Mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices continue to kill or injure thousands of people every year – many of whom are children. We must do more to protect people living under the shadow of explosive ordnance, from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan to Myanmar, Cambodia, and beyond.