Global Protection Cluster

Mine Action
The Issue

The risk of death or injury from explosive ordnance exists in every major conflict across the globe today. Mines, explosive remnants of war, and improvised explosive devices kill or injure thousands of people. Most of the victims are civilians and half of them are children. The highest numbers of casualties are recorded in protracted conflicts where ongoing fighting adds new layers of contamination and at the same time delays clearance of the older contamination – in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen.

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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.


The Approach

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.



MA AoR – Strategy 2022-2024

The Primacy of Protection

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and Mine Action

AoR Partners

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.

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Child Protection

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).

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Gender-Based Violence

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.

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Mine Action Localization

The MA AoR is dedicated to supporting global commitments on localization throughout its work streams.

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Mine Action Global Coordination Team

Ms. Christelle LOUPFOREST

Global Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Officer-in-Charge, UNMAS Office in Geneva
Phone Number: +41 22 917 4741

Ms. Lisa Anouk Müller-Dormann

Co-Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)