Iran’s first International Roundtable on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action: Challenges and Best

14 March 2019

Tehran, 14 March - Attending Iran’s first International Roundtable on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action: Challenges and Best Practices’ hosted by Iran’s Mine Action Centre and the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF Iran Representative Dr Will Parks said: “Landmines have been called ‘the weapon with no eyes’. Landmines do not distinguish between a soldier or a young child, or between a tank and a school bus. Over the last five years, UNMAS, UNDP and UNICEF along with other UN agencies have provided direct mine action support to thirty-five states and territories contaminated with anti-personnel mines or explosive remnant of war. Since 2014, with UNICEF support, 19 million children in 25 countries, including several in the Middle East, received life-saving mine risk education, mostly in regions affected by ongoing conflicts.” UNICEF Iran is currently in discussion with national partners to explore new areas of technical collaboration for mine action in Iran. UNICEF last worked in the area of mine action in Iran in 2003.

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