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Global mine clearance operations demand 400 million in 2008

Wednesday, November 21st 2007 - 20:00 UTC
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Proposed initiatives to remove landmines and explosive remnants of war in some 30 countries and three territories around the world are expected to cost 404 million US dollars next year, according to a report jointly published by three United Nations agencies and released Tuesday.

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, an annual analysis by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations' Mine Action Service, the UN Development Programme, UNDP, and the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, notes that countries planning those initiatives have already secured 40 million from international donors. Maxwell Gaylard, the Director of the UN Mine Action Service, said that level of donor support augurs well for mine action next year. "However, the remaining funding gap for next year still totals 365 million, and it is hoped that the donor community will again rally to the formidable challenges of mine action," he said. The Portfolio focuses only on mine action programs that are supported or managed by the UN.

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