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14 Dec
ARMAC Hosts a Meeting with a Delegation from Norway

ARMAC Hosts a Meeting with a Delegation from Norway

Today, ARMAC had the pleasure to host a meeting with a delegation from Norway led by H.E. Mr. Hans Brattskar, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and the 2019 President of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. H.E. Mr. Brattskar was accompanied by H.E. Ms. Kjersti Rødsmoen, Ambassador of Norway to Thailand and Ambassador-designate to Cambodia, as well as Mr. Aksel Steen-Nilsen, Country Director of Thailand and Cambodia Norwegian People’s Aid – Humanitarian Disarmament.

The meeting discussed Norway’s extensive contributions to the mine action sector and highlighted its continuing commitment to the ASEAN region. Also discussed was how ARMAC could pave the way for closer cooperation between ASEAN Member States, international organisations and local stakeholders.

ARMAC greatly appreciates the efforts of H.E. Mr. Hans Brattskar in focusing global attention on mine action and wishes him a successful presidency.

(ARMAC 14 December 2018)

06 Dec
8th Steering Committee Meeting and Hand-Over

8th Steering Committee Meeting and Hand-Over

The 8th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was held on 6 December 2018 at ARMAC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michael Tan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was also attended by members of the Steering Committee composed of delegates from all ten ASEAN Member States, and the Executive Director of ARMAC.

The meeting discussed ARMAC’s progress throughout 2018 and highlighted the year’s major achievements such as the successful hosting of the Regional Workshop, development of a new three-year workplan, enhancement of ARMAC’s operations and systems, and other milestones.

The meeting concluded with H.E. Mr. Michael Tan handing over Singapore’s Chairmanship of ARMAC to Thailand represented by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia. ARMAC deeply appreciates the leadership and support that H.E. Mr. Tan has provided to the Center over the course of his term and thanks him for his efforts in establishing a strong operational foundation for ARMAC.

(ARMAC 06 December 2018)

30 Nov
17th Meeting of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

17th Meeting of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

The 17th Meeting of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is currently underway in Geneva. The meeting gathered more than 600 delegates to take stock of the status of the Convention and its current level of implementation.

ARMAC, represented by its Executive Director, Mr. Ly Panharith, is attending the meeting and spoke during the side event “Towards a Mine-Free Cambodia, 2025.”, which explored the country’s mine action progress and how stakeholders such as ARMAC can assist Cambodia in reaching its 2025 goal.

The Executive Director of ARMAC also had the pleasure to liaise a meeting between delegates from Thailand and Myanmar of the ASEAN family on the margins of the Meeting.

(ARMAC 30 November 2018)

19 Nov
Signing Ceremony Between ARMAC and CMAA

Signing Ceremony Between ARMAC and CMAA

Today, ARMAC and the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate greater coordination and cooperation between these two important mine action stakeholders.

H.E Mr. Prum Sophakmonkol, Secretary General of CMAA signed on behalf of Cambodia, while Executive Director Mr. Ly Panharith signed the memorandum on behalf of ARMAC. The signing ceremony was also attended by H.E Mr. Ly Thuch, First Vice President of CMAA.

Through this MoU ARMAC hopes to work closer with CMAA and share their experience of mine action to other ASEAN Member States throughout the region.

(ARMAC 19 November 2018)

14 Nov
Third Day of ARMAC’s 2018 Regional Workshop

Third Day of ARMAC's 2018 Regional Workshop

Today is the last day of ARMAC’s Regional Workshop, funded by the Mission of Canada to ASEAN. Over the last three days the Workshop has covered the full scope and breadth of mine action and brought together ASEAN and international stakeholders to share their insights and knowledge.

The Workshop’s final day’s sessions covered the areas of research and development as well as how international cooperation can be a key factor in ensuring the sustainability of mine action programmes. Also covered was how Cambodia’s support to ARMAC as host country has assisted the Center in operationalizing and continuing its future mission.

The Workshop was closed by H.E Mr. Meas Kim Heng, who noted the importance of an ASEAN focused mine action center in building connections and communications between member states to share knowledge and resources.

For more information on the workshop, including photos and presentation slides visit the 2018 Regional Workshop Website.

(ARMAC 14 November 2018)

13 Nov
Second Day of ARMAC’s 2018 Regional Workshop

Second Day of ARMAC's 2018 Regional Workshop

Day two of ARMAC’s Regional Workshop was held today in Siem Reap and began with a field trip to the Cambodian Mine Action Center Deming Unit 4. Participants were welcomed by H.E. Mr. Prum Suonpraseth, Senior Director of CMAC, who briefed the attendees on the history and progress of mine action in Cambodia.

Workshop participants also had the opportunity to tour the Peace Museum and see first hand mine detection animals including dogs and APOPO’s HeroRATs. Manual deminers also showcased their skills and helped to illustrate the realities of mine action on the ground.

In addition to the field trip the second day of the Regional Workshop also featured more panel sessions including discussions on land release methodologies as well as a talk highlighting the importance of integrating gender perspectives into all aspects of mine action.

For more information on the workshop, including photos and presentation slides visit the 2018 Regional Workshop Website.

(ARMAC 13 November 2018)

12 Nov
First Day of ARMAC’s 2018 Regional Workshop

First Day of ARMAC's 2018 Regional Workshop

Today is the opening day of ARMAC’s inaugural Regional Workshop, funded by the Mission of Canada to ASEAN. The Workshop’s aim is to “enhance mine action knowledge and promote future platforms of mine action knowledge sharing for ASEAN Member States”.

The workshop was opened by Lt. Col Jean Gosselin, Defence Attaché, Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Thailand. Opening remarks were given by H.E Mr. Michael Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the ARMAC Steering Committee.

This first day features a number of sessions and discussions including presentations on the linkages between mine action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as panel discussions on enhancing victim assistance and sharing best practices in mine risk education.

For more information on the workshop, including photos and presentation slides visit the 2018 Regional Workshop Website.

(ARMAC 12 November 2018)

16 Oct
Victim Assistance Stakeholders Share Their Work in Health and Rehabilitation

Victim Assistance Stakeholders Share Their Work in Health and Rehabilitation

Today, ARMAC had the opportunity to host a meeting, in collaboration with SingHealth, on the “Assessment on the Needs and Resources for Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Victim Assistance in Cambodia”. The meeting drew together a range of stakeholders and experts working across the health, disability and mine action sectors, with the aim to showcase and discuss the current status of psychosocial and physical rehabilitation services offered to mine/ERW victims and other persons with disabilities in Cambodia.

(ARMAC 16 October 2018)

26 Sep
7th Steering Committee Meeting and Field Visit to CMAC

The 7th Meeting of the Steering Committee of ARMAC and Field Visit to CMAC

The 7th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was held on 26 September 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the ARMAC Steering Committee.

The meeting was also attended by members of the ARMAC Steering Committee from all ASEAN Member States and the Executive Director of ARMAC. In addition to updating on the progress of ARMAC’s continuing operationalisation, the meeting also discussed ARMAC’s future programmes and upcoming activities. UNDP, through its project Clearing for Results, sponsored the meeting.

In addition to the meeting, Steering Committee Members also had the opportunity to visit the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) Demining Unit 4 which includes the Peace Museum, Mine Detection Dog and Mine Detection Rat Training Sites. The visit aimed to give delegates a better understanding and appreciation for mine action and highlight its positive impacts. During the visit H.E. Mr. Heng Ratana, Director-General of CMAC, welcomed the delegates and generously offered his time to guide them through the museum and sites.

(ARMAC 26 September 2018)

04 Sep
ARMAC Announces Its 2018 Regional Workshop

ARMAC Announces Its 2018 Regional Workshop

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, with funding support from the Government of Canada, is pleased to announce its inaugural Regional Workshop, “Enhance mine action knowledge and promote future platforms for mine action knowledge sharing for ASEAN Member States” to be held 12-14 November 2018 in Siem Reap Cambodia.

From left to right: Mr. Ly Panharith, Executive Director of ARMAC. Ms. Allison Stewart, Chargé d’affaires, Office of the Embassy of Canada. H.E. Marie-Louise Hannan, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN. Ms. Dwi Prameswari, Technical Officer of  Mine Action, ARMAC.

The Workshop is an invite only event which aims to enhance regional capacity and cooperation to effectively and efficiently address the issue of mines and explosive remnants of war in the ASEAN region. It will bring together ASEAN Member States, Donor Countries, mine action organisations/institutions, the ASEAN Secretariat and selected ASEAN academic institutions to:

  • Exchange the latest trends, knowledge, experiences and expertise in mine action.
  • Promote the development of future programmes including relevant mine action conferences and events.
  • Promote future collaboration in the area of research and development.
  • Assess the needs and resources required to develop training programmes for ASEAN.

For more information about the Regional Workshop, please visit ARMAC’s 2018 Regional Workshop Website.

(ARMAC, 04 September 2018)

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