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06 Dec
ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

5 December 2022, Bali, Indonesia. Under the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States”, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the Regional Consultative Meeting to promote the establishment of a Regional Victim Assistance Network.

The meeting collected and synthesized inputs from ASEAN Member States’ (AMSs) representatives, and relevant stakeholders such as the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, Humanity and Inclusion. Outputs from the discussion revealed that having the regional network in place as a central point to link related stakeholders collaborating on victim assistance services is essential and will be beneficial to explosive ordnance victim services providers. Stakeholders can use the network as a platform to learn, share knowledges and exchange best practices. Moreover, it is hoped that the network will continue to enhance the collaboration among explosive ordnance affected and non-affected countries to support one another as they improve victim assistance services.

The one-day intensive meeting was led by Mr. Prum Suonpraseth, Executive Director ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center. Guests of honor were H.E. Mr. Yeap Samnang, Ambassador / Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN and H.E. Mr. Kwon Hee-seog, Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN delivered the Remarks. A total of 38 representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States, international and national organizations participated in the meeting.

13 Nov
The Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security

The Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security

On 13 November 2022, ARMAC Executive Director, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth attended the Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security hosted by the Embassy of Canada with the honorable presence of His Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
The event gathered key stakeholders in the humanitarian mine action in Cambodia and the region as represented by ARMAC, all of whom actively involved in promoting more leadership roles for women in the sector.

14 Sep
Second Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, “Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN”

Second Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, "Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN"

On 13 and 14 September, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the People’s Republic of China organized the Second Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, “Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN”. The Meeting showcased examples of projects demonstrating cross-sectoral collaboration, regional cooperation, as well as innovative financing models which could be adopted for the mine action sector. The last day of the meeting was spent to developing draft proposals for submission to the High-Level Regional Meeting. A total of 35 participants attended the meeting.

03 Aug
Welcome a visit of the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, led by H.E. Kurt Kunz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN

Welcome a visit of the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, led by H.E. Kurt Kunz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN

Phnom Penh, 3 August 2022: The ARMAC Permanent Secretariat was pleased to welcome a visit from a delegation from the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, led by H.E. Kurt Kunz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN.  During the meeting, the Executive Director of ARMAC, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth, provided an overview of ARMAC’s history and mandates, and described the outcomes from ARMAC’s recent strategy stakeholder workshops held in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.  Mr. Prum Suonpraseth discussed mutual areas of interest between ARMAC and the Government of Switzerland, and the possibility of ARMAC collaborating with Switzerland in support of the recently published ASEAN-Switzerland Plan of Action.

08 Jul
National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

Nay Pyi Taw, 8 July 2022:

On 8 July 2022, the project, “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States” with the theme to support the establishment of regional ERW Victim Assistance Regional Network supported by ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), in collaboration with the General of Department of Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar co-hosted the hybrid National Consultative Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Meeting is the third planned national consultative meetings to promote the establishment of the Regional Victim Assistance Network, following the first three that had earlier been held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Hanoi, Viet Nam and Bangkok, Thailand respectively.

The participants shared knowledge and best practices on victim services implementation in the country as well as the establishment of the Regional VAN through the lens of the International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) 13.10, and integrated approach to victim assistance and voice of victims.

The Meeting was led by the Executive Director of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and Mr. Aung Kyaw Moe, Director General of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of Union of Myanmar. Attending as the Guest of Honor to the Opening of the National Consultative Meeting were the Union Minister and Deputy Union Minister of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of Union of Myanmar, Her Excellency Dr. Thet Thet Khine and H.E. Mr. U Aung Tun Khaing, together with permanent secretaries and DGs from other relevant ministries.

The meeting brought together over 60 participants in-person and online from all relevant national and international networks and stakeholders (including EO survivors/victims) working with and/or supporting the victim of EO and other persons with disabilities.

01 Jul
Courtesy call on Ambassador of Switzerland to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR

Courtesy call on Ambassador of Switzerland to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR

Bangkok, 1 July 2022

ARMAC Executive Director Mr. Prum Suonpraseth paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ms. Helene Budliger Artieda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR (Residence in Bangkok) while he was on-route from attending the Intersessional Meeting of the APMBC and UN NDM 25th held in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-24 June 2022.

The official trip is meant to cement and further advance cooperation between the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center and the Swiss Federal Government as well as other international organizations and partners based in Geneva.

ARMAC ED updated the Ambassador on the progress and achievements made by ARMAC and the Strategy Plan that ARMAC is currently formulating by embarking on a wide range of consultations with AMSs and relevant partners/stakeholders in the region.

ARMAC ED thanked the Ambassador for the financial contribution made by the Swiss Government to support the operations of ARMAC Permanent Secretariat in 2022 and also exchanged views on the soon-to-be adopted ASEAN-Switzerland Plan of Action where ARMAC could play a crucial and contributing role in helping to advance ASEAN-Switzerland cooperation in area of humanitarian mine action.

29 Jun
National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

Bangkok, Thailand

On 29 June 2022, under the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States” supported by ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), in collaboration with the General of Department of Empowerment for Persons with Disability of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Kingdom of Thailand co-hosted the hybrid National Consultative Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting is the third planned national consultative meetings to promote the establishment of the Regional Victim Assistance Network, following the first and the second that had been held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Hanoi, Viet Nam respectively earlier during the year.

The participants shared knowledge and best practices on victim services implementation in the country as well as the establishment of the Regional VAN through the lens of the International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) 13.10, and integrated approach to victim assistance and voice of victims.

The Meeting was led by the Executive Director of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and Ms. Saranpat Anumatrajkit, Director General of Department of Empowerment for Persons with Disability of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of the Kingdom of Thailand. Mr. Jeon Joyoung, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand was the guests of honors delivering the remarks.

The meeting brought together over 35 participants in-person and online from all relevant national and international networks and stakeholders (including EO survivors/victims) working with and/or supporting the victim of EO and other persons with disabilities.

16 Jun
ARMAC Welcomed Visit of the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN

ARMAC Welcomed Visit of the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN

On 16 June, ARMAC had the pleasure of hosting His Excellency Kwon Hee-seog, the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to ASEAN, and his team. They met with ARMAC Executive Director Prum Suonpraseth and the Victim Assistance Project team to provide an overview of ARMAC, and update on the government of South Korea’s funding. Through the ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund, the ROK has invested over $2 million for the implementation of the “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in ASEAN Member States (AMSs)”. The initiative is three years long, running through 2023, and has five objectives: (1) promote the establishment of victim assistance network as a regional platform for various stakeholders among ASEAN; (2) assist the AMSs on the victim-assistance-related knowledge sharing, need/s and resource/s assessment and possibility of its mobilization; (3) assess the needs of the victims of ERW (mine/UXO) in the affected AMSs for further assistance; (4) assist the ASEAN Member States (AMSs) in providing psychosocial supports to the victims of ERW (mine/UXO); and (5) conduct research regarding the “ERW (Mine/UXO) Victim Assistance Inclusive Services in Cambodia,” as well as “Community Perspectives of Humanitarian ERW (Mine/UXO) Action in Laos and Viet Nam”.

ARMAC and affected AMSs are grateful for the government of South Korea’s generous support— the project and funding is an immense advantage in the development and strengthening of victim assistance across the region. The consequences of explosive remnants of war on local communities can be devastating but support from projects like the ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund is a significant step towards countering these impacts.

08 Jun
ARMAC Welcomed Visit of the New Zealand’s ambassador to Thailand

ARMAC Welcomed Visit of the New Zealand’s ambassador to Thailand

Phnom Penh: 08 June 2022

This afternoon ARMAC Executive Director Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and team members hosted New Zealand’s ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Jonathan Kings. The parties discussed the mission of ARMAC, past and present projects, and ARMAC’s objectives for the future. The government of New Zealand has a long history of investment in humanitarian mine action in the ASEAN region. It is currently aiding ARMAC through a 12 month project aimed at developing the capacity of staff and institutions of the mine action sector. It is also assisting with the development of ARMAC’s long term strategy. ARMAC is grateful for the government of New Zealand’s continued support and we look forward to joint initiatives we will pursue in the future to ensure the security of affected ASEAN member states.

01 Jun
Courtesy visit of new ambassador of Lao PDR

Courtesy visit of new ambassador of Lao PDR

Phnom Penh: 01 June 2022

This morning ARMAC Executive Director Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and members of the ARMAC team met with the new ambassador of Lao PDR, H.E. Mr. Buakeo Phumvongsay, to discuss ARMAC and its initiatives. Ambassador Phumvongsay expressed his commitment to the mission of ARMAC and safety of his people — Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history and over a third of the bombs dropped failed to explode. To this day, the country suffers tragedies from explosive remnants of war. The security and development of countries such as Laos is achievable through the collaboration of ARMAC and ASEAN member states. We look forward to working with Ambassador Phumvongsay and the Lao government to strengthen mine action capacity in the region.