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09 Dec
14th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

14th Steering Committee Meeting and Handover

On 09 December 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 14th Meeting of the Steering Committee, at ARMAC’s Headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and attended by representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States, the Executive Director of ARMAC, and the Permanent Secretariat, physically and virtually.

This is the last Meeting to be held in 2020 under Viet Nam’s Chairmanship. The Meeting reviewed ARMAC’s 2020 progress, the implementation of the Friends of ARMAC, Center’s sustainability, and selection of ARMAC’s Vice Chairs in 2021.

In his closing remarks, H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh conveyed his appreciation to all SC Members for their excellent support and cooperation during Viet Nam’s Chairmanship and also took note with appreciation of Cambodia’s continued financial support and excellent contribution to the important work of ARMAC. Concluding the Meeting, H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh handed over the Chairmanship of ARMAC for 2021 to Brunei as represented by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

(ARMAC, 09 December 2020)

26 Nov
Meeting with UNDP Cambodia

Meeting with Resident Representative Mr. Nick Beresford of the UNDP in Cambodia

On 26 November 2020, ARMAC had the great opportunity to visit Resident Representative Nick Beresford of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cambodia.

ARMAC took this opportunity to thank the UNDP for accepting the invitation to join Friends of ARMAC (FOA), and looks forward to the inaugural reception of FOA on 10 December 2020. ARMAC and UNDP wish to pursue further regional collaboration and partnership to achieve the common goal of ending threats from landmines and explosive remnants of war.

(ARMAC, 26 November 2020)

20 Nov
Training on Finance and Taxation for Mine Action Organizations

Training on the Best Practices of Financial Reporting and Taxation for Mine Action Organizations

Phnom Penh, 06 November 2020 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was supported by the Grant Thornton Cambodia to provide training to finance/accounting personnel of mine action organizations in Cambodia.

The Grant Thornton Cambodia through the Philippine Embassy in Cambodia supported ARMAC to conduct training on the “Best Practices of Financial Reporting and Taxation for Mine Action Organisations”, on 6 November 2020.

The participants in the training are finance/accounting personnel from the various mine action organizations, including governmental, national and international institutions based in the Kingdom of Cambodia, including:

– Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA),

– Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC),

– National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces (NPMEC),

– Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA),

– Mines Advisory Group (MAG),

– Cambodia Self Help Demining (CSHD),

– Halo Trust,

– Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS),

– APOPO

The training discussed the importance of internal control system, common issues on organizations’ internal control, sharing of best practices on preparation of financial reports, as well as on recently updated applicable laws and regulations (Cambodia specific jurisdiction).

(ARMAC, 06 November 2020)

19 Nov
Meeting with the Senior Minister HE Mr. Ly Thuch

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and the First Vice President of the CMAA

On 19 November 2020, ARMAC had the great opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to HE Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and the First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.

Both parties enjoyed past cooperation and wish to pursue further collaboration and partnership to achieve the common goal of ending threats from landmines and explosive remnants of war in Cambodia and the region.

ARMAC is very grateful to the governments of the ASEAN Members for supporting the Center in order to collectively tackle the humanitarian aspects of landmines and ERW through an integrated approach of experiences sharing, skills training and other capacity building activities.

(ARMAC, 19 November 2020)

20 Oct
NCT Virtual Asia 2020

NCT Virtual Asia 2020

Phnom Penh, 20 October 2020 – ARMAC has a pleasure to partner with Non-Conventional Threat (NCT) Virtual Asia 2020 particularly in providing a speaker to the event.

NCT Virtual Asia 2020 will be organised on 12-13 November 2020, via online platform. The registration is available from 1 October 2020 at https://nct-events.com/event/nct-virtual-asia-2/.

The event will be participated by various key stakeholders in Asia including but not limited from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive (CBRNe), Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) and Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD). This will be a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, build partnerships and promote innovation.

NCT Virtual Asia 2020 will feature presentations from high level speakers and industry exhibition, which will allow the participants to also earn about new technologies in a realistic and interactive environment. Meanwhile, the networking can be done through private chats, group discussions, video chats.

For detailed information, visit https://nct-events.com/event/nct-virtual-asia-2/.

(ARMAC, 20 October 2020)

10 Sep
Rapid Assessment on Health and Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 to Mines/ERW Victims in Cambodia

Rapid Assessment on Health and Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 to Mines/ERW Victims in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, 10 September 2020 – Today is more or less six months since the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised Corona Virus Disease (COVID)-19 as a global pandemic. Meanwhile, countries in ASEAN and all over the world including Cambodia have been facing imminent impacts in various aspects of life, particularly health and socio-economic aspects, as ramification of COVID-19. These impacts are more severe, if not similar, to victims of mines/explosive remnants of war(ERW) in Cambodia.

Hence, in order to learn the extent of health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 to victims of mines/ERW in Cambodia, mainly in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat Provinces, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) and Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) joined efforts to conduct rapid assessment to identify health and socio-economic impacts of COVID to the victims of mines/ERW in the mid of August 2020.

In the assessment, with facilitation from Physical Rehabilitation Center (Kampong Chhnang Province) and Disability Development Service Program (Pursat Province), twenty-six (26) victims of mines/ERW from both provinces participated in the interview. Thus, ARMAC extends its gratitude for support from DDSP Pursat and PRC Kampong Chhnang. Special thanks also goes to CMAA for making the field visit and assessment happened.

The report is available at the weblink below:

https://bit.ly/2F5MklR

Further to this, ARMAC and CMAA aim to use the report to take into account challenges and/or new threats faced by victims of mines/ERW amidst the pandemic, so that projects/programmes can then better accommodate the needs required by these victims.

Disclaimer: The number of correspondents may not be as representative as it should be. However, it could give a general point of view on both impacts (in health and socio-economic aspects) and needs required by victims of mine/ERW.

(ARMAC and CMAA, 10 September 2020)

01 Sep
13th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

13th Steering Committee Meeting

On 1 September 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the 13th Meeting of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. Some Members of the Steering Committee, the Executive Director of ARMAC and AMS delegates attended at the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat, and some delegates attended via a video conference.

The outcomes of the meeting were highlighted with the decision on the recruitment of the new Executive Director of ARMAC and the establishment of Friends of ARMAC (FoA).

(ARMAC, 01 September 2020)

15 Jul
Upholding the Oslo Action Plan in Times of COVID-19

Upholding the Oslo Action Plan in Times of COVID-19 – A Discussion on Risk Education

Last November (2019), States Parties committed to investing in effective risk education as a primary means of protecting communities from the threat of explosive ordnance (actions 28-32 in the Oslo Action Plan – OAP). This Side Event provided an open forum for national authorities and partners to share their experiences and challenges implementing their risk education programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring do no harm.

This Side Event was co-organised by Explosive Ordnance Risk Education Advisory Group (EORE AG) and ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) on 1 July 2020, 13:00 (GMT +2) virtually, during the Intersessional Meetings of Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC). It was attended by 75 participants from 25 countries and 34 organisations, including States Parties of the APMBC, States not Party and other observers.

Having Co-hosted by Mr. Hugues Laurenge, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF and Co-Chair of the EORE AG, and Ms. Dwi Prameswari, Senior Officer, ARMAC, the Side Event featured presentations from:

  1. Flt. Lt. Chotiboon Anukulvanich, Interpreter/Coordinator of Special Affairs Division, Thailand Mine Action Centre (TMAC)
  2. Mr. Khaled Gebreil Alwadawi, Head of Mine Risk Education Department, Libyan Mine Action Centre (LIBMAC)
  3. Mr. Dara Seng, Deputy Director of Public Relation Department, Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA)

Further, knowledge sharing was stimulated through breakout groups and plenary discussions.

For detailed information on this event, please see the report on this event (available here: Summary – Side Event on EORE, YouTube – EORE AG ARMAC Side Event)

Key links: Oslo Action Plan, EORE AG, iMREWG

(ARMAC 15 July 2020)

09 Jun
12th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

12th Steering Committee Meeting

On 9 June 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the 12th Meeting of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. Some Members of the Steering Committee, the Executive Director of ARMAC and AMS delegates attended at the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat, and some delegates attended via a video conference.

The meeting noted ARMAC’s significant progress, in particular, on the increasing cooperation with the ASEAN Member States, donors and partners. Other key discussions include the Recruitment of the new Executive Director, Friends of ARMAC and Financial Sustainability of ARMAC.

(ARMAC 09 June 2020)

19 May
Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in ASEAN

Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in ASEAN in a Time of Pandemic

The new Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has emerged and compounded the huge challenges of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) all over the world including the ASEAN Region. In this regard, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) responded by hosting its first Regional Webinar “Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in ASEAN in a Time of Pandemic” today (19 May 2020).

The Regional Webinar gathered more than fifty representatives from explosive ordnance affected ASEAN Member States (AMS), mine action related organisations, academics and individuals from all over the world. Overall, it aimed to identify all potential available means and capabilities to ensure the continuity of EORE operations within affected AMS. Despite the complex challenges, EORE should continue to be provided to the affected communities using alternative safer approaches, where possible, which reduce the risk of spreading the pandemic.

The Webinar was welcomed and introduced by Mr. Ly Panharith, Executive Director of ARMAC. He expressed his appreciation to the participants for their interest to join the webinar, and highlighted the importance of various EORE adaptations that should be considered and the possible new normal in EORE and overall mine action sectors in the aftermath of the pandemic. He also underscored the necessity of exchange of information, experience and good practices since the pandemic brought about an unprecedented challenge to EORE.

At the Webinar, moderated by Mr. Hal Judge, ARMAC EORE Expert, organisations and institutions in the ASEAN Region shared how COVID-19 has affected their mine actions, particularly EORE activities, and their EORE adaptations in response of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Co-Chairs of international EORE Advisory Group, Mr. Sebastian Kasack (Senior Technical Advisor of Mines Advisory Group) and Mr. Hugues Laurenge (Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF), gave presentations on how EORE and COVID-19 delivery methods are being coordinated and integrated in inventive ways.

From a related perspective, Dr. Joanne Durham, Senior Lecturer of Queensland University of Technology, presented an overview of the relation of public health and mine action, as well as the impact of health crisis to mine action including EORE.

In the webinar, national mine (and unexploded ordnance – UXO) action authorities/centres, international organisations and non-governmental organisations shared their experience and strategy in adapting their operations to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. This sharing may help streamline mine action operations in ASEAN region

(ARMAC 19 May 2020)

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