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United Nations' Mine Awareness Day

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The United Nations' International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is annually observed on April 4.

Local names

NameLanguage
United Nations' Mine Awareness DayEnglish
Día Internacional de información sobre el peligro de las minasSpanish
היום בינלאומיות למודעות שלי ושל סיוע במוקשיםHebrew
اليوم الدولي للتوعية بالألغام والمساعدة في الإجراءات المتعلقة بالألغامArabic
광산 활동의 내 인식과 지원에 대한 국제 날Korean
Tag für die Aufklärung über Minengefahr und die Unterstützung von AntiminenprogrammenGerman

United Nations' Mine Awareness Day 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

United Nations' Mine Awareness Day 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations' International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed on April 4 each year. This day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication.

United Nations' Mine Awareness Day

Mine Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the dangers of landmines.

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What do people do

Awareness programs and activities to mark the day take place in many countries around the world on April 4 every year. Activities for these awareness-raising events include photo exhibits, press conferences, film screenings, educational displays and community chats. Public events may include public statements from land mine surivivors, mine action theatre performances and mine risk education demonstrations.

The day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. "Mine action" refers to a range of efforts to clear landmines and explosive remnants of war and to mark and fence off dangerous areas. It also includes assisting victims, teaching people how to remain safe in a mine-affected environment, advocating for universal participation in international treaties related to landmines, explosive remnants of war and their victims, and destroying landmines stockpiled by governments and non-state armed groups.

Public life

The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On 8 December 2005, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared that April 4 of each year would be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was first observed on April 4, 2006.

It called for continued efforts by states, with assistance from the UN and relevant organizations, to help establish and develop national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive war remnants constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of people, or hinders social and economic development at the national and local levels.
 
According to the Landmine Monitor Report 2005, 84 countries were affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance, which together kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children annually. The UN works together with countries to find and destroy these devices. It also helps to provide various mine-action services in many countries.

United Nations' Mine Awareness Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueApr 42006United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 42007United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 42008United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 42009United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 42010United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 42011United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 42012United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 42013United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 42014United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 42015United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 42016United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 42017United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 42018United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 42019United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 42020United Nations' Mine Awareness DayUnited Nations observance 
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