Canada grants $2 Mn for landmine clearance in SL

The Canadian government has decided to grant $2 million for landmine clearance activities in northern Sri Lanka, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Unexploded landmines prevent local populations from living and working on their lands in more than 60 countries,” François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Karina Gould, Minister of International Development said.

Every year, 7,000 people lose their lives and thousands more are injured in areas contaminated by these weapons around the world.

Canada yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the Ottawa Convention by announcing $8.3 million to support mine-affected communities, mine action that takes into consideration gender equality in decision-making processes as well as in implementation and the universalization of the convention.

“Ensuring that women and youth are actively involved at all levels of mine-action projects is a priority for Canada. Doing so improves access to essential services, and provides people with opportunities to be agents of change in building safer communities.”

“In Iraq, we will provide $2 million to continue to support demining efforts in areas liberated from Daesh with an initiative that encourages women’s participation in this work.”

“Canada has also committed $4.3 million to provide critical institutional support to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and Mines Action Canada. The funding will assist states in meeting their obligations and help to universalize the convention.”

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