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  1. Geneva Call Holds Second Meeting
  2. ANAMA Working with Intergovernmental Agencies

Geneva Call Holds Second Meeting

Geneva Call, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to working with armed non-state actors to facilitate compliance to international law regarding civilian rights, held its second meeting for the Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action. More than 40 representatives from 28 signatory groups, representing 25 countries, attended the meeting in Geneva on 18 and 19 June 2009. The meeting was held to discuss the challenges NSAs face in implementing humanitarian norms, in particular the banning of landmines. The meeting was the first of its kind to allow participants to express their own views on how they could implement a wide array of humanitarian issues, with particular interest paid to the protection of women and children in conflict-ridden areas.

In 2009, Geneva Call has successfully convinced non-state actors—internationally non-recognized and partially state-recognized groups—to sign the Deed of Commitment. According to Geneva Call, four separate groups have signed the document since March 2009, and since the inception of the document in 2001, 39 non-state actors have banned the use of anti-personnel mines. Most of the NSAs operate in conflict-torn regions in Africa and the Middle East.

 

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ANAMA Working with Intergovernmental Agencies

The Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action has been active in 2009, working alongside numerous intergovernmental agencies in training and support for mine-action initiatives. The summer of 2009 saw ANAMA work directly with mine-action programs in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Georgia, helping to train their personnel, as well as providing direct assistance to mine-action officials.

In July 2009, four members of the Tajikistan Mine Action Centre, including mine-victim and mine-education specialists, visited ANAMA to develop skills and knowledge on mine action. These specialists went through training with ANAMA officials and toured the ANAMA office, where they received a certificate of completion for their training.

ANAMA also worked with Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, with officials from both ANAMA and Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Agency Department of Mine Clearance visiting each other’s mine-action centers. To help Afghanistan sustain a national mine-action program, ANAMA will hold job trainings for national management-level positions. July and August saw these first training sessions take place, with ANAMA holding mine-clearance training on its regional bases.

Finally, ANAMA specialists, in joint cooperation with the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance, held training operations for the Georgian Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Internal Affairs through July and August. These sessions were held in the hopes of building Georgia’s capacity for a mine-action program while furthering the partnership between ANAMA and the ITF.

 

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