Mine action is a specialized protection activity that cuts across all spheres of humanitarian action. Explosive hazards inhibit freedom of movement, put civilian infrastructures at risk and limit access to food, water, schools, hospitals and shelter, and ultimately, they jeopardize the safe and dignified return of refugees and internally displaced persons.
Mine action reduces danger and protects people from the physical and psychological harm caused by explosive hazards. Mine action is a vital component of humanitarian responses.
OUR VISION: A world in which boys, girls, men and women living in humanitarian emergencies are protected from explosive hazards and where the rights of victims are recognized and respected.
OUR MISSION: The Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR) of the Global Protection Cluster is a coordination platform that supports relevant global, regional and local actors and advocates for mine action in humanitarian settings to be timely, coordinated effectively and held accountable.
OUR STRATEGY: Our members and coordinators have agreed on a strategy to protect people from explosive hazards in humanitarian emergencies and promote inclusive, local and durable solutions. It has five goals:
1. Offer reliable coordination for humanitarian mine action in emergencies to accelerate and deliver more impactful interventions.
2. Build and strengthen strategic partnerships.
3. Enhance and transfer capacity: strengthen the meaningful participation, representation and leadership of local and national actors in humanitarian coordination structures.
4. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in operations and workforce.
5. Contribute to sustainable solutions in collaboration with peace and development actors.
2023 Facts and Figures
*This figure represents the cumulative number of people deemed to be in need of mine action assistance in 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overviews; for further details on the amount of people targeted with assistance and interventions, please see the Humanitarian Response Plan of a respective country or territory.
**The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations and the Mine Action Area of Responsibility.
Page Last Updated: 16 June 2023
Housing, Land, and Property
There are many linkages between mine action and Housing, Land, and Property. Removing explosive ordnance changes land values and can impact land rights and land use.
In recent years, and especially since 2013 there have been alarming trends and a significant increase in the killing and maiming of children as a result of accidents with explosive ordnance (EO).
As one of the Areas of Responsibility, Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) works collectively to improve the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian response for the prevention, risk mitigation and response to all forms of gender-based violence.
Ms. Christelle LOUPFORESTGlobal Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Officer-in-Charge, UNMAS Office in Geneva
Phone Number: +41 22 917 4741
Mr. Richard MacCormacCo-Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Head of Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)