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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Apr
The 18th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

The 18th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

On 27 April 2022, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 18th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting, under the Cambodian Chairmanship. The Meeting presented key accomplishments in the first quarter of the year, and discussed outstanding issues namely, financial sustainability of ARMAC, financial and in-kind contribution to-date, and recommendations from the independent evaluation of ARMAC’s performance and achievements.

In his closing remarks, ARMAC Chair urged everyone present that ” there is a need to adapt our strategy to make it more relevant in facing the challenges; in order to do that, ARMAC SC needs to be proactive, lead ARMAC and convince others to support us so we can move forward”.

H.E Mr. Ung Rachana, ARMAC Chair and Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, led the meeting. The meeting was attended by over 25 representatives from the 10 ASEAN Member States.

15 Mar
ARMAC Annual Report 2021

ARMAC Annual Report 2021

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) has just released its 2021 Annual Report.

The report features sections on the Viet Nam’s Chairmanship of the Steering Committee of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations, programme highlights, how the programme is tracking against its 2019-2021 work plan, financial updates, and plans beyond 2021.

Like many entities the COVID-19 pandemic impacted ARMAC but also drove a lot of innovation in terms of the use of virtual format tools to  make user experience, sharing of knowledge and expertise exchange, seminars and large meetings feasible.

The establishment of the Friends of ARMAC (FOA) is a key new initiative for 2021, elevating ARMAC’s interconnection with current and prospective partners enabling the organisation to streamline resource mobilisation for ARMAC and ASEAN Member States in need.

One of the key new activities for 2021 is the establishment of the victim assistance stakeholders in building strong networks and providing adequate assistance to vulnerable women, men, girls and boys in the region. In addition, ARMAC will be potentially launching the “Build Regional Community of Practice in Mine Action among the ASEAN Member States” programme, potentially commencing in late 2021.

You can download a copy of the Annual Report from ARMAC’s Publications page https://aseanmineaction.org//resources/publications.

(ARMAC, 25 March 2021)

24 Dec
Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, “Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN”

Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, "Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN"

On December 23, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the People’s Republic of China kicked off an online Technical Working Group Meeting for the Project, “Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Capacity in Mine/ERW in ASEAN”. The Meeting presented new technologies and innovations such as the use of digital EORE, environmentalism in mine action; successful country cases on maximizing impact and mobilizing resources; and best practices of regional cooperation and partnership within and outside the ASEAN region. A draft matrix on priority areas for enhancing regional cooperation and mobilizing resources for sector was the key output of the meeting. Thirty senior level officials and representatives from government ministries, bilateral donors, international organizations and NGOS, and UNDP participated. This is the first TWG Meeting for the PRC-funded project. The next TWG meeting is slated in the end of Quarter 1 of 2022.

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.