France provides additional USD 617,000 for UNMAS activities in Iraq

Baghdad, 04 March 2021 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of EUR 505,000 (approximately USD 617,000) from the Government of France renewing its commitment in supporting the Government of Iraq to protect the populations threatened by the deadly explosive ordnance left behind by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

For the third consecutive year, the Government of France, through its generous contribution to UNMAS in Iraq, will support stabilization and humanitarian efforts through the clearance of improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war that threaten the lives of communities in Ninewa province, and impede the safe return of internally displaced persons.

UNMAS promotes gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity through all its activities in Iraq including clearance. UNMAS encourages the hiring and training of women and men from the local community, and currently operates with three mixed-sex search and clearance teams.

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Source: United Nations Iraq