A technical mission was organised in Colombia by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) between 8 and 19 July. The mission explored the links between landmines and land rights in conflict affected countries. The project looks at clarifying the national dynamics related to land rights during and after humanitarian processes. It aims to provide the right tools and methodologies to ensure a “do no harm” approach to mine action and land-related issues.
GICHD, UN-HABITAT and UNMAS co-hosted a side event titled 'Does Land Matter for Mine Action?' on 27 March 2012, on the margins of 15th International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and UN Advisors. The purpose of the side event was to have a frank and open discussion about whether land matters for mine action. The discussion was moderated by Sam Oum of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) and opened with a presentation by Szilard Fricska, Senior Humanitarian Coordinator with UN-HABITAT in Geneva. The side event also featured interventions by Alan MacDonald of Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA); Valeria Fabroni of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD); Bodil Jacobsen of Danish Demining Group (DDG); Gustavo Laurie of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS); and His Excellency Chan Rotha of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA).
GICHD organised a side event on land rights in conflict-affected contexts during the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development on 1 November 2011 in Geneva. The side event featured experts from the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN-HABITAT.
During the 10th Meeting of States Parties to the APMBC, GICHD organised a side event on Landmines and Land Rights in Conflict Affected Contexts, featuring speakers from the International Organisation for Migration, the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan and the SCBL Gender and Mine Action Programme.
In October 2010, GICHD organised an international workshop in Cambodia, in association with CMAA, on Landmines and Land Rights in Conflict Affected Contexts