Concluding remarks from the International Conference on “Humanitarian Mine Action and the Sustainable Development Goals” presented – AZERTAC

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Baku, April 2, AZERTAC

The concluding remarks of the international conference on “Humanitarian mine action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, co-organized by the Azerbaijan Mine Action Agency (ANAMA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Baku on March 31 – April 1, 2022, were released.

The conference brought together representatives from 37 countries.

The following conclusions and recommendations were agreed by the participants of the international conference:

The participants expressed their sincere gratitude to the Government of Azerbaijan, the Mine Action Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Development Program for organizing the conference, as well as to all participants for their cooperation and support.

The objective of the conference was to bring together key players in the demining sector from the international community, mine action operators, government agencies and civil society to discuss the importance of humanitarian action against mines in the fight against the threat of mines to the lives and livelihoods of populations.

The conference focused on exploring the links between the potential of humanitarian mine action for sustainable peace and socio-economic development and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically the SDG 16 which aims to “significantly reduce all forms of violence and associated death rates”. everywhere’.

In a stimulating environment of intercultural and multidisciplinary knowledge sharing, best practices were exchanged on the most advanced technologies currently available in the world, as well as on lessons learned from intense demining activities, which were of particular importance for Azerbaijan as it is currently undertaking major reconstruction. and recovery efforts in its conflict-affected areas.

The conclusions and recommendations of the conference will invite stakeholders to strengthen cooperation and explore options for future collaboration. The creation of an in-country donor coordination mechanism, such as a mine action forum, was suggested, and at the technical level, it was recommended that various technical working groups be established to address the main challenges (LR, IM, EORE, VA).

The conference papers and summary of discussions, challenges and opportunities identified, and recommendations for future action will be published in compendium form, providing the means by which a wide audience can be updated on the development of the sector. , and above all better understand the importance of continued investment in humanitarian mine action programmes.

The participants:

Recognize that the multilateral and interdisciplinary approach promoted by the Conference can open up new opportunities for peacebuilding, sustainable development and international cooperation in humanitarian mine action.

Recognize that humanitarian mine action cannot be sustainable without partnerships at all levels.

Recognize the need for sustainable support and funding structures, as well as the need to move from one-off project funding to integrated mechanisms to ensure rapid and continuous funding for the humanitarian mine action program in Azerbaijan.

Recommend considering the introduction of a new Sustainable Development Goal for humanitarian demining, to strengthen and further harness the synergies between demining and measurable progress towards a blueprint for a better, safer and more sustainable for all.

Recognize that humanitarian mine action is crucial for sustainable development and vital for saving lives, preventing injuries and rebuilding infrastructure, education and agriculture and stressing the importance of strengthening mine assistance Azerbaijan in humanitarian demining to support ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in conflict-affected areas. Explosive ordnance risk education and victim assistance are important and an integral part of any mine action programme.

Recognize that capacity building and capacity exchange in humanitarian mine action is an ongoing process, built on trust and enduring relationships that require long-term commitment.

Further recognize that capacity building and capacity exchange is an ongoing dialogue among all stakeholders and raising awareness – therefore recommend that this conference be seen as a cornerstone for the continued sharing of practical experience and lessons drawn in the field of humanitarian mine action, and is held annually in Azerbaijan.

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