Vietnamese soldiers offered training on mine action

Monday, 2018-07-09 17:30:32
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Over 230 soldiers and officers from the Ministry of Defence participate in a mine action training course which opened on July 9. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO - A training course on mine action opened in Hanoi on July 9 for 230 soldiers and officers under the Ministry of Defence.

The course is held by the Vietnam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Republic of Korea.

The five-day course, taking place in Hanoi’s suburban district of Ba Vi, is the first capacity building activity within the framework of a Vietnam - Korea cooperative project to overcome the aftermaths of post-war bombs and mines.

UNDP and VNMAC have developed a link training programme that integrates the UNDP's best practices from technical assistance projects in other countries, helping to maximise practice in small groups with a maximum of ten trainees each fully equipped with tools in mine action.

According to Nils Christensen, Senior Technical Advisor on Mine Action under UNDP Vietnam, UNDP has mine action projects in 20 countries around the world. For this project, the UNDP is focusing on supporting agencies that have the adequate skills and capacity to make plans and identify priority mine action activities. The training helps soldiers learn new approaches and international success to apply it into mine action in Vietnam, Nils Christensen added.

The Vietnam - Korea Mine Action Project will be implemented in three years (2018-2020) to thoroughly eliminate the effects of landmines left over after the past wars, ensuring the safety of local people as well as promoting development in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces, where mine contaminated areas still account for 30-40% of the total.

The project has a total budget of over US$29.6 million, of which US$20 million was provided by the Government of Korea and the remaining covered by the Government of Vietnam. It targets to improve the capacity of managing and administering post-war mines, assist victims of landmine/UXO incidents during reintegration into the community and help raise public awareness on the prevention of landmine/UXO accidents.