At the conference

Addressing the event, VNMAC’s Deputy General Director Nguyen Van Nghiep reviewed that with the permission of the National Steering Committee on the Post-war Settlement of Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences, VNMAC cooperated with GICHD and IC to conduct a pilot project to eliminate threats of explosive remnants of war. At present, the project is being implemented in Quang Tri-one of the most UXO-polluted localities in Vietnam.

Prum Sophakmonkol, General Secretary of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) said that Cambodia is among the countries that were badly hit by the war. He said that the country is striving to raise its capabilities to effectively manage and carry out the mine action program to complete the clearance of UXOs by 2025.

Delegates evaluated that Vietnam has achieved significant results in mitigating consequences of war since the end of the war, giving many valuable lessons on the work to other countries. They emphasized that the sustainable socio-economic development of Vietnam over the past time has partly come from the efforts of the Government in overcoming the consequences of war.

Rob White, a representative from GICHD said that bombs, mines and explosives are urgent problems facing many countries, including Vietnam. He suggested that the countries should take in account all future challenges to develop a suitable action plan to clear UXOs in their territories.

At the conference, delegates introduced new tools and approaches to risk management in implementing a mine action program.

Translated by Tran Hoai