UNITED NATIONS’ MINE AWARENESS DAY: APRIL 4, 2016

United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day

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.

2016 Theme: “Mine Action is Humanitarian Action”

United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where it is Observed
Sun Apr 4 2010 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 4 2011 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Wed Apr 4 2012 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 4 2013 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 4 2014 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 4 2015 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 4 2016 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Tue Apr 4 2017 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Wed Apr 4 2018 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 4 2019 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 4 2020 United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day United Nations observance

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