Afghanistan’s Side Event on demining in border areas – enhancing cross border Cooperation & Assistance on the second day of the 24th Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN) explored,
– Case studies and challenges from Afghanistan
– Iran’s efforts to raise awareness of Afghan returnees/refugees concerning explosive ordnance
– ICBL – CMC’s perspective on Mine Ban Treaty implementation in border areas
– Colombian Campaign Against Mines’ overview of border issues
– Tajikistan’s update on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border clearance in Badakhshan
As a result, key areas to further discuss were identified. The issue of border clearance, although rarely highlighted, remains a key challenge and MAPA will strive to build on this fruitful side event in the upcoming months.
DMAC is grateful to all the speakers, panelists, and viewers for participating in this important side event.