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21 Oct
ARMAC Joints Collaboration with GICHD to Conduct Study on Gender Equality and Empowerment

ARMAC Joints Collaboration with GICHD to Conduct Study on Gender Equality and Empowerment in Mine Action

Phnom Penh, 21 October 2021 —The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) is pleased to announce its joint collaboration with the Geneva International Center for Human Demining (GICHD) to conduct a study/research on gender equality and empowerment in mine action in the ASEAN region, more specifically a study on the mine action sector’s approach towards the monitoring and reporting of the gendered impact of land release conducted in the region with country case studies. The project will examine the overarching question of how can mine action stakeholders (donors, national authorities, and stakeholders) better understand and communicate the impact of clearance activities on gender equality and inclusion in the results chain and reporting. The outcome of the project is a joint GICHD-ARMAC paper which will be presented in a regional forum on September 2022. The study is one of the deliverables for the project, Strengthen Gender Equality and Empowerment in Mine Action in the Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) affected ASEAN Member States which is financed by the Government of Italy.

(ARMAC, 21 October 2021)

23 Sep
Inaugural Launch of the Friends of ARMAC (FoA) Network

Inaugural Launch of the Friends of ARMAC (FoA) Network

Phnom Penh, 23 September 2021 — ARMAC is honored to have the honorable presence of H.E. Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia at the hybrid event for the inaugural launch of the Friends of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) or FoA hosted by the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

The FoA is an initiative proposed by former Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and 2020 Chairman of ARMAC Steering Committee Mr. Vu Quang Minh. His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn together with 2020-2021 ARMAC Steering Committee Members supported the initiative.

Over 100 participants both in person and online from the governments, bilateral donors, international and national non-government organizations, and other stakeholders from across the region attended the successful launch of the event.

(ARMAC, 23 September 2021)

21 Sep
ARMAC launches its Friends of ARMAC (FoA) Network

ARMAC launches its Friends of ARMAC (FoA) Network

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (21 September 2021) — The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) together with the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia are organizing an inaugural launch of the Friends of ARMAC (FoA) Network.

The launch will take place on 23 September 2021 at the Ballroom of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Cambodia.

The FoA is an initiative proposed by former Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and 2020 Chairman of ARMAC Steering Committee Mr. Vu Quang Minh. His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn together with 2020-2021 ARMAC Steering Committee Members supported the initiative.

The FoA aims to engage, whilst informally, development partners and donors, as well as the private sector to promote and support ARMAC’s work, either in the form of financial or technical assistance, or both. ARMAC Steering Committee believed that enhancing the spirit of ARMAC’s collaboration and partnerships is the way forward to strengthen the Center’s profile.

The FoA also aspires to build on ARMAC’s ongoing engagements with relevant stakeholders as well as expands its working relationship to deepen regional outreach on humanitarian mine action.

ARMAC is a center of excellence under the ASEAN Security Cooperation to encourage the efforts to address landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) for interested ASEAN Member States (AMS). The Center aims to collectively tackle the humanitarian aspects of landmines and ERW through an integrated approach of experiences sharing, skills training and other capacity building activities.

(ARMAC, 21 September 2021)

31 Aug
ARMAC received financial support from Viet Nam

ARMAC received financial support from Viet Nam

31 August 2021 – ARMAC received financial support from the Embassy of Viet Nam in Cambodia, MB Bank Plc., and M.G.N. Emperor Bank during an in-person meeting between ARMAC staff and Vietnamese representatives on 31 August 2021.

ARMAC Executive Director (ED) advised everyone that the funds will go a long way to help sustain ARMAC’s operations and finance activities in the pipeline. ARMAC ED also delivered a short presentation highlighting the work of ARMAC, and potential future collaborations with Vietnamese entities. ARMAC ED also expressed his gratitude to Viet Nam’s continuous support to ARMAC including the joint organizing of the Friends of ARMAC inaugural launch in September.

Embassy of Viet Nam Charge d’ Affaires Mr. Lai Xuan Chien,​ and​​​​​​ M.G.N Emperor Bank CEO Mr. John Tran​​​ were present during the meeting.

(ARMAC, 31 August 2021)

25 Aug
Technical Working Group on Mine Action, Cambodia

Technical Working Group on Mine Action, Cambodia

25 August 2021 – ARMAC is thankful to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) for involving us in the TWG process, a synergy contributing to a successful implementation of the Cambodia’s NMAS 2018-2025 as it looks forward to reporting its progress and strategy going forward to members of the APMBC at the upcoming 19MSP later this year in the Netherlands.

ARMAC stands ready to coordinate, facilitate and cooperate with Cambodia and all other affected as well as non-affected ASEAN Member States (AMS) in addressing the humanitarian aspect of mine action, particularly supporting the implementation of Cambodia’s NMAS 2018-2025 and promoting regional cooperation.

The signing of MoU between ARMAC and CMAA in 2018 and the most recent implementation agreement between ARMAC and CMAA is a testament of resilience of the two entities despite the pandemic. ARMAC is looking forward to the new collaboration in the new project to establish victim assistance network as a regional platform for various stakeholders among the AMS, providing train-the-trainer course in the area of psychosocial support to victims as well as conducting research in “Mine/ERW Victim Assistance Inclusive Services in Cambodia,” and “Community Perspectives of Humanitarian Mine/ERW Action in Lao PDR and Viet Nam”.

(ARMAC, 25 August 2021)

19 Aug
Singing Agreement between CMAA and ARMAC on Co-Implementation of the VA Project

Singing Agreement between CMAA and ARMAC on Co-Implementation of the Project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States"

19 August 2021 – ARMAC signed an agreement on Co-Implementation of the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States” with Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA).

Executive Director of ARMAC, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and Secretary General of CMAA, H.E. Mr. Prum Sophakmonkol signed on the agreement.

The new partnership between ARMAC and CMAA is established to ensure that the two parties have a mutual understanding and clear directions to implement the project.  This will mark another milestone in promoting and addressing victim assistance work in Cambodia and other landmine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) affected ASEAN Member States.

(ARMAC, 19 August 2021)

27 Jul
16th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

16th Steering Committee Meeting

On 27 July 2021, the Permanent Secretariat of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center organized its 16th Steering Committee Meeting with a total of 26 delegates representing each of the AMS attending the Meeting in virtual format while 8 delegates including Chairman (Brunei) and Vice Chairmen (Cambodia and Viet Nam) attended the meeting in person.

ARMAC Chairman, H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir who is concurrently the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia presided over the meeting and discussed key issues relating to ARMAC’s new projects and partnerships, financial sustainability as well as plans for remaining activities that are scheduled for 2021.

ARMAC Chairman applauded ARMAC on receiving the project funding from the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Italy. The Chairman also praised ARMAC’s resilience during the pandemic and commended its recent successful organization of a regional hybrid workshop funded by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and looked forward to more activities similar to this format in line with ARMAC’s mandate and functions.

The 17th Steering Committee Meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place in December 2021.

(ARMAC, 27 July 2021)

14 Jul
ARMAC Team Pays Courtesy Call to Ambassador of Lao PDR

ARMAC Team Pays Courtesy Call to Ambassador of Lao PDR

14 July 2021 – ARMAC team led by its Executive Director Prum Suonpraseth paid a courtesy call on Lao PDR Ambassador H.E. Mr. Amphay Kindavong at His Excellency’s Office in Phnom Penh.

ARMAC ED provided an update to Ambassador H.E. Mr. Amphay Kindavong, regarding latest projects and initiatives by the Center including the planned arrangement for the upcoming Friends of ARMAC Event which is targeted in Quarter 4 of 2021.

Their discussions also touched on ARMAC’s catalytic role as coordinator for the region; and how ARMAC can remain sustainable in the long run. ARMAC ED thanked the Ambassador for the Government’s continued support and financial contribution to ARMAC.

(ARMAC, 14 July 2021)

07 Jul
ARMAC, Government of Indonesia calls for coherent mine action support through mainstreaming SDGs

ARMAC, Government of Indonesia calls for coherent mine action support through mainstreaming SDGs

Phnom Penh 07 July 2021 – Representatives and senior officials of national mine action authorities, donor agencies and parties ended the one-day workshop on Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Landmine/Explosive Remnant of War (ERW)-Affected Countries with a promise to synergize efforts in mine action and a plan to develop a set of recommendations and strategy that links Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets in their national and regional level priorities.

The workshop was organized by the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Phnom Penh on 1 July in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The workshop was among a series of regional events planned this year by ARMAC to promote dialogue and strengthen cooperation in the mine action sector at the regional level. The workshop brought together stakeholders from ASEAN landmine/ERW affected countries and non-affected states, partners and stakeholders in the region.

In his opening statement, H.E. Mr. Sudirman Haseng  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Cambodia highlighted Indonesia’s commitment and active engagement with humanitarian mining activities in the region. He also stressed that, “Indonesia’s commitment mainly is channeled through ARMAC and the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting – Plus Working Group on Humanitarian Mine Action. Ambassador Haseng said that “this workshop is to fulfil Indonesia’s commitment to support ARMAC, in particular its work relating to enhancing awareness programme on the dangers of mine / ERWs.”

Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia H.E. Mr. Sidharto R. Suryodipuro emphasized the three key points relevant to the workshop: the importance of a comprehensive and holistic approach to address the threat of landmines and ERW should not be limited to security and humanitarian aspect. It also must take into account the development aspect, hence the achievement of SDGs; presence of strong national capacities that includes creating effective safeguards over explosives and materials, landmine clearance operations, and victims’ rehabilitation, while taking into account the rights of people affected by these weapons; and continuous international collaboration such as the ASEAN cooperation mechanism where partners and donor countries extend support including through the provision of technical, financial, and other relevant assistances.

H.E. Mr. Norng Sakal, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, underscored the need for promoting regional cooperation in mine action, emphasizing that the “the collective partnership platform

(ARMAC, 07 July 2021)

01 Jul
Hybrid Workshop on “Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Landmines/ERW-Affected Countries”

Hybrid Workshop on “Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Landmines/ERW-Affected Countries”

01 July 2021 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) together with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Phnom Penh organized a Hybrid Workshop on “Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Landmines/ERW-Affected Countries” in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The Workshop underscored the need for collective efforts of ASEAN countries and partners in linking mine action to support the implementation of SDGs in the region. H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and Vice President of Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority delivered the opening remarks.

Over 90 senior officials, experts and representatives from national mine action centers, government planning offices, NGOs and UN offices in the region participated in the Workshop.

(ARMAC, 01 July 2021)