Opening of the Humanitarian Demining Exhibtion

22.11.2018 - Article

On November, 19 Ambassador Andreas Beerwerth, together with UNMAS Director Agnes Marcaillou, opened the exhibition „Mine Action: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development“ at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, featuring photos from Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

On the margins of the CCW meetings the exhibition gives insights into the impact of humanitarian mine

Opening of the photo Exhibition with UNMAS
Opening of the photo Exhibition with UNMAS© StäV

action and the people dedicating their lives to this often dangerous and cumbersome activity.

For Germany mine action remains a top-priority in his bilateral assistance. We have contributed 75 million Euros to 30 projects in 14 countries and around the world, making us the second largest donor for mine action in 2017. By doing so, we have contributed to a world that is a much safer place for civilians who operate in conflict and post-conflict scenarios. 

Ambassador Beerwerth, however, cautions that despite the strong legal framework on mine action, much work remained ahead. Threats and dangers from weaponry and ammunition still exist in many parts around the world. They cause substantial human suffering as international law is not universally respected. Our ambitious goal is a mine-free world by 2025.

Germany hopes that inspiration and encouragement can be drawn from the exhibited pictures. It welcomes everyone to visit the exhibition at the Palais des Nations ´La Passerelle´ until November, 23.

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