The Netherlands contributes to Yemen Mine Action Program [Archives:2004/713/Local News]

February 19 2004

A UNDP press release on Monday mentioned that following its support to the first phase of the UNDP – supported National Mine Action programme, the Netherlands government provides a contribution of US $ 300,000 to the second phase of the programme through a UNDP Trust Fund modality. Building on the excellent results achieved under the program's first phase, the second phase, which started in October 2003 under national execution, will focus on the following key results.

– Further strengthen and develop the management and technical capacity of the Yemen Mine Action Programme
– Improve the safety of the mine affected communities by reducing the land mine threat through the implementation of an integrated mine action programme
– Contribute to the Yemeni economy by safely returning additional mined land to the Yemeni communities for a productive use
– Meet the needs of the mine victims and develop strategies for their socio – economic reintegration
-Further improve the Mine Risk Education (MRE) programme to reduce accidents and causalities among Yemeni citizens through massive awareness raising campaigns.
This contribution will be added to the initial amount of $ 1.1 million for this phase of the programme that has been secured from UNDP ($450,000), DFID/UK ($ 250,000) and the government of Yemen ($ 400,000). These contributions are in addition to the $ 13.1 million already provided to the first phase of the UNDP Mine Action support Project by the governments of the United States, Japan, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia, the UNDP release added. On Monday 16 February 2004, at 11:00. a ceremony on this occasion was held at the office of H.E. Kassim Ahmed Al-Agam, the Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, and Chairman of the National Mine Action Committee, and was attended by H.E. B. J. Ronhaar, the Netherlands Ambassador, and Mr. James W. Rawley, the UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen.