September 15, 2015
Urgent action is needed to prevent and protect millions of civilians, many of whom are children, from the deadly threat posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. A mid-year review of the United Nations Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2015 has identified a major shortfall of over US $211 million for mine action in support of humanitarian response, recovery and development. The Portfolio has been developed with the aim of matching the needs of affected countries and territories with donor resources. The present requirements for the 24 countries included in the Portfolio total US $303 million, of which only US $91 million has been secured to date.
The country with the largest needs remains Afghanistan, with US $48 million still required for 2015 to meet the commitments of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty; this is followed by Cambodia which has a current shortfall of over US $25 million and where 30% of the victims in 2014 were children. Ten countries have not received any funding to date, including Myanmar, Senegal and Syria. The area of work with the highest needs is the clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, with a current shortfall of US $87 million across all portfolios. Furthermore, countries with ongoing conflicts, such as Yemen, are in particularly urgent need of funding for a rapid and effective mine action response.