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12 May
Psychosocial Support Training

Psychosocial Support Training

12 May 2022

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC in collaboration with the Singapore Health Service (SingHealth) and the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), launched its first session of a 6-week Online Training Course on Psychosocial Support for medical and nurse students in Cambodia. The training course is made possible by the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund supporting the implementation of the project, “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States.”

The course covers topics on (i) Psychosocial Impact of Landmines/ Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), and (ii) defining What trauma is and how it impacts on landmine survivors.

The first week of training led by an experienced Senior Principal Psychologist from SingHealth, Dr. Evelyn Boon, specialized on Trauma working at the Department of Psychology Singapore General Hospital. ARMAC and CMAA teams were facilitating the training.

This training is designed to enhance clinical skills on psychological and psychiatric interventions and support for victims of ERW (mine/UXO) for doctors, psychiatrists, medical-nurse students, nurses and other allied health workers in Cambodia.   Best practices resulted from this training will be discussed and selected to potentially replicate in other ERW (mine/UXO) affected ASEAN member states including Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.

04 May
National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

Hanoi: 4 May 2022

On 4 May 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 Vietnam Mine Action Center (VNMAC) hosted the hybrid National Consultative Meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The is the second planned national consultative meetings to promote the establishment of the Regional Victim Assistance Network.

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 led by the Executive Director of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth.  Mr. Nguyen Hanh Phuc, Deputy Director General of Viet Nam Mine Action Center (VNMAC), and Mr. Wee Joon Seok, Counsellor to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam were the guests of honors delivering the remarks.

The meeting brought together over 40 participants in-person and online from all relevant national and international networks and stakeholders (including landmine/ERW survivors/victims) working with and/or supporting the victim of landmine/ERW and other persons with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Dec
Online workshop on Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE)

Online workshop on Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE)

15-16 December 2021:

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) Programme staff attended the online workshop on Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) hosted by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and ran by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) on 15 and 16 December 2021.

The workshop provided essential knowledge and tools on social and behavioral change, results framework or theory of change, standardizing beneficiary definitions, gender, diversity and inclusion, and digital EORE.

ARMAC’s participation to the Workshop allowed staff to understand better how these approaches work in the Cambodian context, and how local organizations could take these approaches forward.

03 Dec
National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

Phnom Penh: 2 December 2021

On 2 December 2021, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), in collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and related stakeholders hosted the hybrid National Consultative Meeting on “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States” supported by ASEAN-KOREA Cooperation Fund. The Consultative Meeting is part of a series of activities that ARMAC is planning to conduct with other NMACs/NMAs of ASEAN Member States identified for participation in the project.

The meeting brought together over 50 participants in-person and online from all relevant national and international networks and stakeholders (including landmine/ERW survivors/victims) working with and/or supporting the victim of landmine/ERW and other persons with disabilities. The participants had the opportunity to share knowledge and best practices of victim services implementation in Cambodia. Through the lens of the International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) 13.10, an Integrated Approach to Victim Assistance and voice of victims, the participants discussed pathways to promote the establishment of the Regional Victim Network.

Assisting women, men, boys and girls who are victims of landmine/ERW includes the provision of medical care, rehabilitation, psychosocial support and access to education and economic opportunities so they can fully reintegrate themselves into mainstream society. The assistance requires our long-term commitment and support from both the landmine/ERW affected and non-affected member and stakeholders in our region.

The guests of honor delivering welcome remarks was H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the ARMAC Steering Committee; and H.E. Mr. Park Heung-Kyeong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Representing the Royal Government of Cambodia at the National Consultative Meeting was H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority who delivered the Opening Remarks.

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)

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)

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)

09 Jun
ARMAC staff participates in an Online Training Workshop for Mekong Specialists

ARMAC staff participates in an Online Training Workshop for Mekong Specialists

29 May – 9 June 2021 – ARMAC Programs staff attended an online training course on Integrative Management and Coordination of National Mine Action Actors in the Mekong Region organized by Seoul Cyber University, Gyeonggi (Korea) Province in partnership with MAG International.

The course brings together representatives from mine action authorities in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam to develop a national action plan that is relevant in their respective country context.

As a regional entity focused on the humanitarian mine action, ARMAC brought a regional perspective during the discussions.

(ARMAC, 09 June 2021)

27 May
ARMAC joins the 24th International Meeting of Mine Action National Director and United Nations Advisers

ARMAC joins the 24th International Meeting of Mine Action National Director and United Nations Advisers

24-27 May 2021 – ARMAC Executive Director Prum Suonpraseth and Programmes staff participated in the online meetings. The meetings provided an opportunity for the mine action community to reconnect, share knowledge and enhance the collective capacity to address old and new challenges under the overarching theme of “Perseverance, Partnership, Progress”.

This year’s meeting was organized by the United Nations with the generous support from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. For more information on the 24th NDM, see 24th International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers | E-Mine

(ARMAC, 27 May 2021)

14 May
Landmine Working Group, Hanoi – Vietnam

Landmine Working Group - Viet Nam

14 May 2021 –  ARMAC Executive Director and the Programmes Team joined the Landmine Working Group which was co-chaired by UNDP Viet Nam and MAG International for a virtual meeting.

ED and Senior Technical Officer delivered a presentation on ARMAC activities in the region. The meeting was a good opportunity for ARMAC to reach out to Viet Nam Mine Action Center and other mine action stakeholders in the country.

(ARMAC, 14 May 2021)