- April 4 -

International Day for Mine Awareness

When a war comes to an end, combatants often leave behind landmines, abandoned ordnance and unexploded weapons like cluster bombs and grenades. They all pose a huge threat to civilians, particularly children who are drawn to play with unfamiliar objects. The threat of mines still exists in more...

International Day for Mine Awareness

When a war comes to an end, combatants often leave behind landmines, abandoned ordnance and unexploded weapons like cluster bombs and grenades. They all pose a huge threat to civilians, particularly children who are drawn to play with unfamiliar objects.
The threat of mines still exists in more than 80 countries. The most contaminated include Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
Source:
http://www.unicef.org/emerg/index_32029.html
http://www.un.org/en/events/mineawarenessday/

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

World Rat Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Global category.

World Day of Snowman

The snowman is the beloved symbol for the winter. He is one of the most popular figures worldwide. Wherever people know snow they know also snow formed figures and figurines. The snowman is apolitical and has no religious background. Two of many reasons to enjoy high sympathies...

International Museum Day

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18, coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The event highlights a specific theme that changes every year and that is at the heart of the international museum community’s preoccupations. The...

International Day of the African Child

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity (the forerunner of the African Union). It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the...

World Day for International Justice

World Day for International Justice, also referred to as Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day is celebrated throughout the world on July 17 as part of an effort to recognize the emerging system of international criminal justice. July 17 was chosen because it is the...

World Scout Scarf Day

World Scout Scarf day is a recent effort to encourage active and former Scouts worldwide to wear their neckerchiefs in public annually on August 1 as a symbol of the Scout promise and the spirit of Scouting. It has been promoted on Facebook and by Scouting organisations since 2007. The...

International Day of Older Persons

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. International Day of Older Persons is a special day for older persons or senior citizens all over the...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet