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Demining Afghanistan

Demining Afghanistan

True to its commitment to achieve sustainable development, notably by furthering the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through facilitated, safe and secure road transport, the IRU has teamed up with the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to support demining activities in Afghanistan in the framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.  

Following the UN General Assembly Resolution of 3 March 2010, declaring 2011-2020 as the “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, the IRU has decided to allocate financial support to implement appropriate projects to effectively improve commercial road transport safety within the framework of this Decade of Action.

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has taken up the IRU’s offer to implement a first-of-its kind, innovative public-private partnership to improve road safety in war-torn Afghanistan by removing landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) adjacent to roads linking Kabul to its Central Asian neighbours, thus reducing the threat of injury and death posed to those who travel along and work around these routes, contributing to road safety and enhancing trade links.

In the long term, this project is expected to contribute to the reconstruction, development and stabilisation of Afghanistan - a landlocked country strategically located along the Silk Road which, once secured, could play an essential role in Euro-Asian trade and road transport links that bring prosperity to the entire landmass.

The effort to clear mines and foster development concretely support the UN MDGs as UNMAS and the IRU are proactively helping the people of Afghanistan by contributing to their safety and smooth running of their economy. The UNMAS-IRU public-private partnership further illustrates how “Working together for a better future” can foster innovation in tackling critical issues for development.

 

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