The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) have renewed their partnership to provide assistance to the mine action partners, support safer humanitarian response programming and integrate explosive ordnance risk education into the work of numerous humanitarian agencies working in Syria.
In the coming year, a €1 million grant from the EU will enable UNMAS to further enhance its coordination role, expand its risk education reach, and strengthen mine action data management to enable needs-based prioritization for mine action activities and safer humanitarian relief efforts.
"Minimising the threat of explosives in Syria is a crucial endeavour which the EU is committed to continue supporting. Risk education and reliable data are indispensable to save lives and protect livelihoods in a country where half the population is believed to be at risk of unexploded ordnance. Educating people, including children, and warning them of the dangers can make the difference between life and death,” said Luigi Pandolfi, Head of EU humanitarian aid operations in Syria.
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