German grant assistance to UNICEF's mine action project in Nepal
02 Aug, 2012, Kathmandu: The German Government, through the Federal Foreign Office, will pro-vide grant assistance of 82,000 Euros (9,129,400 Nepali Rupees) to support UNICEF´s work of minimising the impact of explosive devices on civilians in Nepal. The German Ambassador to Ne-pal, H. E. Verena Gräfin von Roedern, and UNICEF Nepal Country Representative, Ms Hanaa Singer, signed an agreement to this effect at the German Embassy in Kathmandu on 27 July 2012.
''Mine action constitutes an important part of civilian security in the countries emerging from con-flict,'' said German Ambassador Gräfin von Roedern on the occasion, adding ''Women and children are particularly vulnerable to explosive devices left during the insurgency as frequently reported in Nepalese media.''
Highlighting the significance of the support from the German government, Ms. Hanaa Singer said, “This support will go a long way towards protecting children, women and other communities at risk from explosive devices in Nepal. Though Nepal is now a minefield-free country, improvised explo-sive devices used during the decade-long armed conflict and more recently by various armed groups continue to kill and injure civilians in the country.”
UNICEF Nepal has been involved in mine action since 2005, supporting mine risk education in schools and communities, surveillance systems, victim assistance, advocacy for compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, and inter-agency coordination among government and civil society organisations.
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