The path towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must be clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step. Mine action clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt. Mine action changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves. It gives people and communities new horizons and hope.

Baghdad, 26 October 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) held a certification ceremony for 14 mine action personnel from the Directorate of Mine Action at the Ministry of Health and Environment and nine mine action implementing partners, following their completion of the ‘risk education managerial skills’ workshop to respond to explosive hazard threat in retaken areas in Iraq.

Baghdad, 31 March 2017 – The Government of Japan has renewed its commitment to promote social stabilization for the people of Iraq by donating USD 4,347,100 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to mitigate the threat of explosive hazards in the country. With this contribution, UNMAS will provide risk education, survey and clearance operations and support the training of first- responder community policing capacity.

New FAO project brings jobs, food to vulnerable Iraqis

22 December 2016, Erbil, Iraq - Some 200,000 people from Mosul and across Iraq will be able to earn an income for the first time since the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) took parts of the area in 2014, thanks to a new FAO project that is restoring irrigation to 250 000 hectares of farmland.

Erbil, 10 November 2016 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) held a certification ceremony for fifteen senior officials from the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA), following their completion of a risk education and victim assistance management course funded by the Government of Japan to respond to humanitarian mine action in Iraq.

Erbil, 25 October 2016 – With a generous contribution from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) opened a Risk Education and Victim Assistance Management training course.

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