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Quang Tri thanks NGOs for achievements' support to humanitarian mine clearance

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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December 20, 2020 | 08:09

Six collectives and 10 individuals from non-governmental organizations and provincial agencies have been received the Certificate of Merit from the Chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Tri for its excellent achievements in contributing to the provincial mine action program in the period 2016-2020.

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Quang Tri thanks NGOs for achievements' support to humanitarian mine clearance
RENEW/NPA deployed eight technical survey teams to work in Tan Phuoc village of Hai Lam commune, Hai Lang district, Quang Tri Province, to follow up on explosive items identified by the non-technical survey team.

On December 18, The People’s Committee of Quang Tri province hosted the conference on evaluation of the implementation in 2016 – 2020, orientation For Period 2021 – 2015 of Quang Tri Province Mine Action Program and foreign non-governmental organizations briefing in 2020.

Hoang Nam, Deputy Chairman of Province People’s Committee and Head of the Provincial Mine Action Steering Board chaired the conference with the participation of representatives from Vietnam National Mine Action Center, international non-governmental organizations PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTVN), Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and Project Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War (RENEW), and leaders of provincial agencies and localities.

The past five years have seen some remarkable achievements in the field of humanitarian mine action such as establishment and operation of Quang Tri Mine Action Center, upgrading and finalizing the database of persons with disabilities including survivors of explosive ordnance accidents, development of a provincial standard operating procedures for mine action based on the national and international standards.

The total funds raised and earmarked for the mine action programs amounted to nearly 65 million USD. Mine action organisations have cleared and released 96,895,087 square meters of land, found and safely destroyed 142,018 items of explosive ordnance, and undertook 5,467 explosive ordnance disposal spot tasks in response to people’s discoveries reported to the hotline number.

Much attention has been focused on reinforced awareness of the communities on the risks of explosive ordnance. During 2016-2020, 565,840 children and adults have exposed to explosive ordnance safety information conducted by non-governmental organizations.

Deaths and injuries related to UXO have been drastically reduced during recent years. From three injuries in 2017, Quang Tri recorded zero accidents related to bomb and mine for the past three years, a record since the war ended in 1975.

Quang tri thanks ngos for achievements' support to humanitarian mine clearance
Six organizations and individuals from non-governmental organizations and provincial agencies have been awarded Certificate of Merit by the Chairman of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee. Source: baoquangtri.vn

On the occassion, six organisations and individuals from non-governmental organizations and provincial agencies have been awarded Certificate of Merit by the Chairman of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee for their contributions to addressing the problem of explosive ordnance left from the war during 2016-2020.

Provincial Deputy Chairman Hoang Nam appraised the important role and assistance of donors and international non-governmental organizations in helping Quang Tri achieve its goals of socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvement of people’s living conditions, including the goal of becoming the first province in Vietnam to be declared safe from the impact of explosive ordnance./.

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