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Reaffirm commitment to eradicating horrendous damage caused by landmines: UN Chief
Across the world, International Day for Mine Awareness, was observed by the UN Agencies and peace groups on April 4 with the theme "United Nations Promotes SDGs - Safe Ground - Safe Home".

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his message on the occasion of the observance stated, "On this International Day for Mine Awareness, let us reaffirm our commitment to eradicating the horrendous damage caused by landmines and assisting those who have been harmed by their use."

He desired that with a global campaign of eradicating horrendous damage caused by landmines, there is need 'to turn minefields into playing fields, and to raise resources for victims and survivors of armed conflict.'

He urged, "I call on all States to provide political and financial support for mine action. I also call on States that have not yet acceded to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and associated Protocols, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, to do so without delay. For prevention, protection, and lasting peace, universalization of these treaties is essential and strict compliance with International Humanitarian Law is a must."

He added, "I pay tribute to the UN Mine Action Service and to the women and men who show extraordinary bravery in advancing this vital work, literally step by step."

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