CMAA, Australian Embassy to Co-host High-Level Dialogue on Mine Action This Week
AKP Phnom Penh, May 17, 2022 --
Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and the Australian Embassy will co-host the High-Level Dialogue on Mine Action on May 20 in Siem Reap province in a hybrid format.
H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of CMAA and H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, will be the co-chairs.
According to a joint press release, the upcoming event, themed “Expand and Elevate Partnership Toward a Mine-Free Cambodia 2025”, aims to bring together CMAA with current and new development partners, including the private sector to exchange insights and experiences to uplift the alignment and harmonisation of aid for the mine action sector and of mine action programmes with broader Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)’s development efforts.
The meeting will also present initiatives for consideration to advance the implementation of the National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS); and identify innovative approaches to mobilise required resources to carry out the NMAS.
From 1992 to April 2022, 2,379 square kilometres of contaminated land was cleared and released, on which over 1.1 million antipersonnel mines, more than 26,000 anti-tank mines, and almost 3 million ERW were found and destroyed.
About 2,000 square kilometres of land remains contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war as of April 2022. As a State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC), the RGC is committed to clearing all known landmines by the end of 2025.
By C. Nika