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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 03:00

The United Nations Pays Tribute to Heroes of Mine Action in Iraq

Baghdad, 25 April 2012- The United Nations today paid tribute to Iraqi mine action heroes for their role in demining and saving millions of lives in Iraq at an event held at the Military Prosthetic Limb Centre in Baghdad. The event was organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). عربي  كوردی

“The United Nations honours today some of the most courageous people for their contribution to the recovery and relief efforts in Iraq,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. “They put their lives in danger every day to remove explosive remnants of war and landmines in Iraq. They deserve thanks and appreciation for the tremendous work they do,” he added.


The heroes honoured in today’s event come from all parts of Iraq and work in the military, the civil defense sector, with humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations and in the private sector. Their work in mine action is a successful partnership between the military and the civilian sector. Mine Action includes clearance of mines and explosive remnants of war, mine risk education, victim assistance and advocacy against the use of mines, and stockpile destruction and promoting rehabilitation and socio-economic reintegration of victims into their societies.
For more information, please contact
Ms. Radhia Achouri, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson, UNAMI, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Juliette Touma, UNDP Iraq, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +962-79-826-34-37


Note to the Media
Landmines and explosive remnants of war constitute a major threat to the Iraqi people’s “right to life, liberty and security of person” enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 


Iraq is one of the most contaminated countries in the world with landmines and unexploded ordnance covering 1,730 square kilometres. Around 1.6 million Iraqis in 1,600 communities, or one in every 20 Iraqis, are affected.

Up to 90% of contaminated land is agricultural with landmine contamination also widespread around major oil fields. Families in contaminated areas are living in extremely poor conditions with less access to education, food and public services.


Iraqi operators cleared to date over 15 million square meters of land in the poorest and most vulnerable areas of Iraq. More than 70,000 people, including 43,000 children, benefited.


Earlier this month, to mark Mine Action Day, the United Nations called for an Iraq free of mines by 2018, reaffirming its commitment to support Iraq’s Mine Action programme to meet obligations in line with the Ottawa Convention that Iraq signed in 2008. Under this Convention Iraq has committed to free the country of landmines by 2018 and never again use, produce, acquire, or export anti-personnel mines.

Read the United Nations Fact Sheet on Mine Action in Iraq available at this link: (English) (Arabic)
For more on UNDP\'s work in Iraq, please visit

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