Role of the GICHD in IMAS
The role of the GICHD in the development, maintenance and communication of International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) is widely recognised. The development of effective IMAS and other associated documents is a key GICHD activity.
Mandated responsibility for the development and maintenance of IMAS ultimately lies with UNMAS. The work of drafting, reviewing and revising IMAS is, however, managed and coordinated by the GICHD with the support of international, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
There is an IMAS review board that is responsible for overseeing the review and revision of IMAS. Representatives of demining NGOs, national authorities and mine action centres, commercial demining companies, research and development institutions, donors, concerned UN agencies and, as required, subject specialists, are all represented. The review board is chaired by UNMAS and the GICHD serves as secretary to the board. A higher level IMAS steering group, chaired by the director of UNMAS with UN agency representation from UNICEF, UNDP and UNOPS and the GICHD, oversees the work of the review board.
The GICHD manages and updates the IMAS website on behalf of UNMAS. IMAS, NMAS and other associated notes and documents are available on the IMAS website. There, you can also register for IMAS news and updates (email alerts).