Afghan female deminer Photo: UNMAS

Violent conflicts continue to wreak havoc in countries and within communities worldwide. Following a period of steady decrease between 1999 and 2012, there has been a sharp rise in casualties from explosive ordnance since 2013. Mines, explosive remnants of war, cluster munitions and improvised explosive devices, killed or injured 20 people on average every day in recent years, leaving many with life-long disabilities and psychological trauma.

Mine action in emergencies refers to the humanitarian activities that reduce the impact of explosive ordnance. They include the removal and clearance of explosive items, provision of risk education to impacted communities, as well as support to persons injured physically or mentally by explosives items.

Iraq; MRE Photo: UNMAS Iraq/Cengiz Yar

In humanitarian crises, mine action is coordinated by the Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR) within the Global Protection Cluster. In 2020, the MA AoR supports coordination platforms in 16 countries. These coordinate the contribution of the mine action sector to the humanitarian response plans. The map presents the number of People in Need targeted, the number of mine action organizations involved, and the total funds required for the mine action part of the humanitarian response plans in each country.

The MA AoR’s objective is to ensure predictable, accountable and effective mine action responses, including by supporting field-based mine action activities and coordination mechanisms. The MA AoR’s vision is a world in which people living in humanitarian emergencies are protected from explosive ordnance and needs of victims are realized.


UNMAS, in collaboration with TDI Agency, assess explosive threats in Timbuktu, Mali UN Photo/Marco Dormino

To achieve its objectives, the MA AoR brings together the UN Secretariat, funds, programmes, NGOs and academic institutions at the global level as well as within a humanitarian crisis setting. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is the global lead of the MA AoR which is co-led by an NGO. Membership is open to any organization active in the field of humanitarian mine action wishing to contribute.





In 2022, Ms. Nour Moujaes developed new pages on mine action for the Global Protection Cluster website. In this photo, she embraces the diversity of people who protect and who need protection together with Ms. Christelle Loupforest.


Hosted by UNMAS Office in Geneva, the MA AoR provides a help desk function for its members and field coordinators; questions related to mine action coordination can be sent to: unmasgeneva@un.org.

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Last Updated: 19 April 2022


Mr. Bruno DONAT
Global Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Chief, UNMAS Geneva
Phone Number: +41 22 917 1779

Ms. Hannah Rose HOLLOWAY
Co-Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP) Coordinator – DRC Geneva Representation
Phone Number: +41 79 191 4784
danishdemininggroup.dk / drc.dk
HDP is a Core Sector and Mine Action unit within Danish Refugee Council

Ms. Christelle LOUPFOREST
Deputy Global Coordinator, Mine Action Area of Responsibility (MA AoR)
Liaison Officer, UNMAS Geneva
Phone Number: +41 22 917 4741