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30 Jun
ARMAC Strategy Stakeholder Workshop

ARMAC Strategy Stakeholder Workshop

Bangkok, Thailand

On the 30th of June, ARMAC held its second strategy stakeholder meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop drew representatives from over 10 government and non-government organizations to provide inputs into the preparation of ARMAC’s first five-year strategic plan.

The meeting is the second of a series of workshops that will encompass stakeholders across mine-affected AMSs. The next workshop will be held in Hanoi, Viet Nam during the first week of July. The goal of ARMAC is to reduce the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war throughout the region through enhanced awareness in communities, victim assistance, and the sharing of knowledge amongst AMSs.

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.

17 Jun
Intern- Victim Assistance Project (Korean Nationality only)

Intern- Victim Assistance Project (Korean Nationality only)

Internship Opportunity

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was established by the ASEAN leaders during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh in 2012. The Permanent Secretariat (PS) of ARMAC is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ARMAC which is guided by the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Political Security Blueprint 2025, aims to serve as a Center of Excellence in mine action sector with the following mandate and functions:

  1. Enhance awareness programs on the dangers of explosive ordnance (EO) among affected communities;
  2. Facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of EO, upon request from the affected ASEAN Member States (AMS); and
  3. Assist interested ASEAN Member States in research and knowledge sharing on the effects of EO and efforts to address them, including through writing proposals for technical assistance projects and funding, at their specific and individual request.

ARMAC has received the funding support from the Government of the Republic of Korea through ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF), to implement the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Program in the ASEAN Member States”, also known as Victim Assistance (VA) Project. In this regard, ARMAC is inviting Korean Fresh Graduates or Senior University Students to apply for the Project Support Intern.

Location :                    The Permanent Secretariat of ARMAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Report to :                   Project Manager

Contract period :         6-month (with possible extension)

Job Purpose :             To assist the Project Manager, Project Officer and ARMAC Permanent Secretariat in project implementation, monitoring and reporting in line with the approved project proposal.

Stipends

The successful intern will be offered stipends including monthly allowance, airfare (from South Korea to/from Cambodia), and accommodation allowance.

How to apply

Interested applicants can download the detailed Position Description (PD) from the ARMAC’s website and send the application by 8 July 2022 indicating the applied position together with a detailed curriculum vitae, 500-words of motivation letter, university letter of enrolment OR graduation certificate/diploma, copy of passport with a recent photograph and a medical certificate of good health (upon acceptance) to the following address or email address:

ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) #29, Street 115, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh 120307, Cambodia; Email: recruitment@aseanmineaction.org cc: info@aseanmineaction.org

To learn more about ARMAC please visit our website: http://aseanmineaction.org.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for further interview.

 

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.

16 Jun
Regional Workshop on Residual Risk Management Frameworks for Southeast Asia

Regional Workshop on Residual Risk Management Frameworks for Southeast Asia

From June 14th to 16th, as part of its ongoing collaboration, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) along with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) hosted a conference on residual risk management. The goal of the 3-day workshop was to provide a regional platform to management of residual contamination. The conference was a great opportunity for knowledge exchange and a step towards establishing a standard for risk management among ASEAN states.

16 Jun
Online Psychosocial Support Training, Session 2

16 June 2022, Phnom Penh,

With generous funding support from the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund, ARMAC’s Victim Assistance (VA) Project in collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and academic institutes once again hosted the online session on Psychosocial Support Training. The second session was primarily targeted for nursing, medical, midwifery, and prosthetics and orthotics students .
The session focused on understanding the aspects of trauma with trainees exploring different types of reactions caused by trauma. Trainees also learned to differentiate between Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) based from symptoms. Recovery stages from burns and trauma intervention such as trauma informed care principles were also introduced as they could be used as tools for future practice .
A total of 70 students from International University (IU), University of Health Sciences (UHS), Chenla University, and the National Institute of Social Affairs attended the session. Dr. Evelyn Boon, Senior Principal Psychologist, led the discussion. The next session will explore and discuss further on PTSD and self-care.

13 Jun
Regional Workshop on Residual Risk Management Frameworks for Southeast Asia

Regional Workshop on Residual Risk Management Frameworks for Southeast Asia

From June 14th to 16th, ARMAC and Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) will be hosting a regional workshop on residual risk management frameworks for Southeast Asia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The purpose of the event is to develop frameworks to mitigate and properly respond to the risks associated with mine action, including waste, contamination, and explosive ordnance. Representatives from ASEAN governments, donors and UNDP, international organizations have been invited. Residual risk management is an essential component of a safe and effective mine action sector. This event will serve as a great opportunity for knowledge sharing and a step towards establishing a standard for risk management among ASEAN states.

 

 

 

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.

07 Jun
ARMAC Strategy Stakeholder Workshop

ARMAC Strategy Stakeholder Workshop

On the 7th of June, ARMAC held its inaugural strategy stakeholder meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workshop drew representatives from over 15 government and non-government organizations to provide input into the preparation of ARMAC’s first five-year strategic plan.

The meeting is the first of a series of workshops that will encompass stakeholders across mine-affected ASEAN Member States (AMSs). The next workshop will be held in Thailand at the end of the month followed by Viet Nam in early July. The goal of ARMAC is to reduce the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war throughout the region through enhanced awareness in communities, victim assistance, and the sharing of knowledge amongst AMSs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

02 Jun
ARMAC Strategy Stakeholders Workshop

ARMAC Strategy Stakeholders Workshop 7 June 2022

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) with the support of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently implementing a year-long project aimed at strengthening institutional and staff capacities of humanitarian mine action entities in the ASEAN Region’.  A critical part of this project is consulting with ARMAC’s stakeholders throughout the region to understand where ARMAC can best support the Mine Action sector in coming years.

A series of stakeholder workshops are planned throughout the region in the next two months designed to gain inputs from ARMAC’s stakeholders to ultimately drive ARMAC’s future strategy and activities.

The first of these stakeholder workshops is planned with ARMAC’s Cambodia-based stakeholders for 7 June 2022, in Phnom Penh.  Representatives from CMAA, CMAC, government ministries, national and international NGO’s, and the UNDP were invited.  Similar workshops are subsequently planned for Thailand, Viet Nam and Lao PDR.