Strengthening mine-removal efforts
November 9 , 2017
During their talk Director Marcaillou stressed that UNMAS’ activities to promote landmine removal not only have a major impact on preserving peace and stability in post-conflict regions but are also related to humanitarian and developmental assistance. Referring to the fact that UNMAS, which greeted its 20th anniversary this year, was instrumental in enabling the UN Security Council to unanimously adopt the first stand-alone resolution on mine action in June, she requested further support from Japan.
In response, Yamaguchi noted that Japan must involve itself more proactively in the global challenges facing the international community. “I would like to work toward elevating the position of UNMAS on Japan’s list of priorities for humanitarian assistance,” he said.
Yamaguchi and Director Marcaillou also discussed how to further support international NGOs involved in reducing the threat of improvised explosive devices (IED) and the removal of landmines and unexploded bombs.