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24 Dec
National Victim Assistance Workshop

National Victim Assistance Workshop

ARMAC Victim Assistance Project Team participated in the 2-day National Victim Assistance Workshop on “Strengthening a strategic approach to address the rights and needs of mine/ERW survivors, affected families and persons with disabilities in Cambodia” (21-22 December 2021) jointly organized by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and UNDP Cambodia. The Workshop brought together relevant national authorities, and international agencies working in the field of victim assistance, to assess the progress made to date through SWOT analysis and consolidation of inputs and recommendations to improve victim assistance services.

20 Dec
Technical Reference Group Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in Cambodia organized jointly by CMAA and UNDP

Technical Reference Group Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in Cambodia organized jointly by CMAA and UNDP

On 17 December, ARMAC participated in the Technical Reference Group Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in Cambodia organized jointly by CMAA and UNDP. The Meeting discussed the accomplishments made during the year, and the way forward for 2022 and beyond. H.E. Mr. Prum Sophakmonkol, CMAA Secretary General welcomed the participants, while H.E. Ms. Sorphea Sreng, Deputy Secretary General concluded the meeting.

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.

15 Dec
The 17th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

The 17th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

On 14 December 2021, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 17th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting in person at ARMAC Headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and online. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Cambodia. This is the last meeting in 2021 under Brunei’s Chairmanship. The 17th SC Meeting underscored ARMAC’s accomplishments in the second half of 2021 including the approval of a technical advisory grant from the Government of New Zealand for the preparation of ARMAC’s long term strategic plan, and the funding support from the Government of Thailand to host a regional forum on humanitarian mine action cooperation and assistance in border areas. It also reiterated on the AMS continued support to ARMAC as evidenced by the replenishment of voluntary contribution received from the Governments of Brunei, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand. The Meeting also presented the progress of the Mid-Term Review, ongoing projects and activities, and the 2022 Work and Budget Plans.

In his closing remarks, H.E. Ambassador Tahir conveyed his appreciation to all SC Members for their excellent cooperation and support during Brunei’s Chairmanship as well as for the opportunity to contribute to the efforts towards humanitarian mine action in the region. In concluding the Meeting, H.E. Ambassador Tahir handed over the 2022 Chairmanship of ARMAC to H.E. Mr. Ung Rachana, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Government of Cambodia.

The meeting was attended by in person and online delegates from the 10 AMS, ARMAC Executive Director, and the Permanent Secretariat.

13 Dec
Courtesy call with Embassy of Malaysia

Courtesy call with Embassy of Malaysia

On 13 December 2021, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) team led by its Executive Director (ED) Prum Suonpraseth paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Cambodia. During the meeting, ARMAC ED gave an update on the progress of ARMAC operations and projects in the region. In his presentation, Ambassador Hashim highlighted the strong connection between the Southeast Asian region and Malaysia, and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to ARMAC by engaging further support in the mine action sector. Both parties exchanged views of future plans. ARMAC ED also thanked the Ambassador and the people of Malaysia for their continued support to ARMAC.

10 Dec
Courtesy call with Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

Courtesy call with Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

10 December 2021: Follow-up working session with Ambassador Liurka Rodriguez Barrios of the Republic of Cuba based in Phnom Penh to explore potential areas of collaboration between Cuba and ARMAC where Cuban expertise in health science and in other areas could potentially be of humanitarian interests to support communities of ERW victims and survivors.

The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba is of the members of “Friends of ARMAC” Network.

10 Dec
MoU Signing Ceremony between ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center and Singapore Health Services “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States”

MoU Signing Ceremony between ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center and Singapore Health Services “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States”

SingHealth partners with ARMAC to provide psychosocial trainings in mine/ERW-affected ASEAN member states

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 9 December 2021 to work together on the project, ‘Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States’. The MoU will allow SingHealth to conduct needs assessment on psychosocial supports and provide psychosocial trainings to landmine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) victims in affected ASEAN Member States such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. ARMAC Executive Director Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and SingHealth Group Director of the International Collaboration Office Professor Tan Hiang Khoon signed the MoU. The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Chair of ARMAC Steering Committee

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.

12 Nov
The Visit of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations to ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC)

The Visit of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations to ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC)

Phnom Penh: 12 November 2021, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Khaled Khiari, the UN Assistant Secretary-General of Middle East Asia and the Pacific, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations visited the ARMAC Headquarters, along with the UN-related delegations. ARMAC Acting Executive Director (ED), Ms. Chanthana Sengthong provided an overview of ARMAC’s ongoing and pipeline projects and their challenges. The potential partnership between ARMAC and the UN agencies was suggested by both parties, to enhance regional cooperation and to achieve sustainable institutionalization. H.E. Mr. Khaled Khiari expressed his appreciation for the visit to ARMAC and showed his interest to understand further landmine/ERW issues in the ASEAN region and efforts to address them. He accepted the proposal to enhance the center’s capacity/expertise and delivered positive messages supporting ARMAC to take a more prominent role in humanitarian mine action work in the region.

27 Oct
Potential Collaboration Between ARMAC and JICA Cambodia

Potential Collaboration Between ARMAC and JICA Cambodia

Phnom Penh: 27 October 2021 – ARMAC Executive Director (ED) and Management staff met with JICA Deputy Chief Representative Mr. Shinji Yahagawa,  and JICA Technical Advisor to CMA Mr. Hayashi Akihita to explore future opportunities for collaboration.

During the meeting, ARMAC ED gave an overview of the organization‘s ongoing and pipeline projects. He also provided examples on which areas can ARMAC and JICA possibly engage with to promote regional cooperation, and partnership.

JICA shared that their experience on South-South Cooperation using Cambodia and Lao PDR exemplified successful partnerships between Japan and ASEAN countries.  As a center of excellence under the ASEAN Security Cooperation, both ARMAC and JICA agreed that that ARMAC’s role is to broker between stakeholders/partners in the region to widen the scope of South-South cooperation in the mine action sector.

A video presentation showing ARMAC’s engagements in the last 4 years was also shown.