DENMARK’S SUPPORT TO MINE ACTION
- IN A HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT CONTEXT
The new strategy sets out the general guidelines for the way in which future mine action activities are to be prioritised and implemented. As a new aspect of this strategy – compared with the previous policy of 2001 – mine action activities are now seen in the context of and as an integral part of Denmark’s other development assistance activities.
The strategy takes its point of departure in the Ottawa Convention, which Denmark has signed. The primary objective of Denmark’s support to mine action is to help the governments in mine-affected countries to take full responsibility for the tasks themselves as soon as possible. Capacity building in the recipient countries is therefore an important element of the assistance.
Denmark provides funding for the international work through national and international NGOs and the UN. Denmark supports among other things the development of safer and better methods for physical and mechanical mine clearance. Similarly, Denmark supports mine risk education, support for mine victims and knowledge of the Ottawa Convention.
Denmark will continue to provide funding where the needs are most acute, primarily in areas where Danish activities are already taking place in order to make it possible to achieve synergy effect. Denmark wishes to use the expertise of Danish NGOs in the area and to work through local NGOs. Denmark’s support is flexible, but will wherever possible enter into long-term partnerships with a view to swiftly and effectively achieving mine-effect free status.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danida
Asiatisk Plads 2
1448 København K
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