Libya marks International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
On 28 March 2022, Libya marked the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action under the theme “Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home”. The event, organized in Tripoli, brought together key stakeholders including government officials, representatives of the United Nations, national and international mine action organizations and representatives of the international community to present mine action programmes implemented in Libya.
As noted in last month’s Humanitarian Bulletin, mine action is critical towards Libya’s recovery as years of conflict have left parts of the country heavily contaminated with mines, Unexploded ordnance (UXO), and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
The event was organized by the Libya Mine Action Centre (LibMAC) and the Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with the Free Fields Foundation (3F), UNMAS, UNICEF, Danish Demining Group, Handicap international, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent, the HALO Trust, Danish Church Aid (DCA), ITF Enhancing Human Security, L.P.O. and AMACT. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Georgette Gagnon, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh of the Government of National Unity (GNU), government officials and representatives of the diplomatic corps were also in attendance at the event.
The Libyan Prime Minister stressed the need for concerted efforts locally and internationally to eliminate the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war in Libya, noting the government's efforts in this regard and emphasizing that much remains to be done.
The event featured a series of presentations highlighting risks, challenges, the progress of mine action activities in Libya, and modern technologies and approaches to survey and clearance.
*The event was held ahead of the actual date of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April), to precede the month of Ramadan which fell on 2 April.