This strategy will guide Australia’s engagement in humanitarian mine action from 2010 to 2014
The Mine Action Strategy for the Australian aid program 2010–14 supports the achievement of Australia’s obligations under the Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other international instruments that aim to reduce the threat of explosive remnants of war. It will assist developing countries to implement these instruments and will ensure that the rights and needs of victims are addressed.
Under the strategy, Australia has pledged $100 million
to work towards a world free from landmines, cluster munitions and other
explosive remnants of war over the five years 2010 to 2014. This is the biggest five-year commitment to mine action made by Australia.
Australia’s goal—to reduce the threat and socioeconomic impact of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war—will be achieved through the following four outcomes:
- Improved quality of life for victims and their affected families and communities.
- Reduced number of deaths and injuries.
- Enhanced capacity of countries to manage their mine action programs.
- Effective leadership and advocacy by Australia on mine action.
The strategy supports the Australian aid program’s overarching objectives of poverty reduction and sustainable development, and contributes to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It also supports the achievement of Australia’s disability-inclusive development strategy for the aid program, Development for All 2009–14.
Australia’s mine action assistance will focus on the most heavily affected countries in the Asia–Pacific region, while maintaining the flexibility to respond to other emerging needs and priorities.
The strategy will be delivered primarily through Australia’s bilateral country programs, targeting priorities identified by partner governments. It will also contribute to the work of multilateral bodies, such as the United Nations, and of Australian and international non-government organisations engaged in mine action at country, regional and international levels.
Mine Action Strategy
Mine Action Strategy for the Australian aid program 2010–14 [PDF 1.6mb]
Summary of the Mine Action Strategy for the Australian aid program 2010–14 [PDF 477kb]
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