World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Sudanese Integrated Mine Action Service

U.S. Department of State Partners with Sudanese Integrated Mine Action Service

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs(PM/WRA)recently awarded a $200,200 grant tothe Sudanese Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) for humanitarian mine action and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) training in Southern Sudan. SIMAS is the only national non-governmental organization (NGO) in South Sudan to be accredited by the United Nations Mine Action Office (UNMAO) for mine and battle area clearance. This is the first time PM/WRA has directly funded a Sudanese NGO.

Founded in 1999, SIMAS seeks to build local capacity for sustainable and integrated mine action and enable reconstruction and development in South Sudan. Since its inception, SIMAS has increased its managerial and operational capacities through formal training courses made possible by partnerships with international experts, other accredited organizations and donor governments around the world. Although much of its managerial and logistic support is currently provided by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), SIMAS plans to transition to full national ownership.

SIMAS joins PM/WRA’s portfolio of distinguished implementing partners for conventional weapons destruction in Sudan. In Fiscal Year 2008, the Department of State contributed more than $4 million to conventional weapons destruction efforts there through a variety of implementing partners, including Mines Advisory Group, the United Nations Development Programme, Norwegian People’s Aid, Danish Church Aid, and Cranfield University.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages conventional weapons destruction and humanitarian mine action programs (clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, survivors assistance, mine risk education) worldwide.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: UNHCR Chief Urges Better Support For 13 Million 'Exhausted' And Displaced Syrians
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years...More>>

>UN: Recent Kosovo-Serbia Tensions Could ‘Unravel Steady But Fragile Progress’

Tensions over vehicle licence plates and anti-smuggling operations, between authorities in Kosovo and Serbia, in recent weeks, may contribute to unravelling “steady but fragile progress made in rebuilding trust among communities” in Kosovo and Serbia...

ITUC: Nobel Prize In Economics Explodes Minimum Wage And Jobs Myth

The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer jobs is not based on fact... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: With Clock Ticking, Sustainable Transport Key To Global Goals
From electric cars and buses to zero-carbon producing energy sources, new and emerging technologies along with innovative policy changes, are critical for combating climate change. But to be effective, they must ensure that transport strategies benefit everyone, including the poorest... More>>

COP26: 7 Climate Action Highlights To Remember

A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum... More>>

UN: Global Leaders Set To Act To Increase Energy Access While Reducing Emissions At First UN Energy Summit In 40 Years

Significant new commitments for financing clean energy, increasing renewables and improving access to electricity are expected to be announced on 24 September at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy... More>>