The role of the GICHD in IMAS
The development of effective International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and other associated documents is a key GICHD activity.
UNMAS is mandated with developing and maintaining the IMAS. Drafting, reviewing and revising the IMAS is managed and coordinated by the GICHD with the support of international, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The IMAS Review Board is the highest level at which technical input to IMAS is debated, agreed and forwarded (via the Steering Group) to the UN for final endorsement. The Review Board is chaired by UNMAS and Secretary is tied to the GICHD. Demining NGOs, national authorities and mine action centres, commercial demining companies, research and development institutions, donors, UN agencies and, as required, subject specialists, are all represented.
The IMAS Steering Group, chaired by the Director of UNMAS with UN agency representation from UNICEF, UNDP, UNOPS and the GICHD oversees the work of the review board.
The GICHD manages and updates the IMAS on behalf of UNMAS. Up-to-date IMAS, NMAS and other associated notes and documents are published on the IMAS website at www.mineactionstandards.org, which is managed and maintained by the GICHD. Viewers can also register for IMAS news and updates.
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