Background on the Study and Guide
At the heart of UN’s mine action approach is the principle that ultimate responsibility for the landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) rests with the State under whose jurisdiction the contamination exists. This principle has long been recognised and accepted, including in international law. Therefore affected states and the international community have worked to :
Transition approaches have differed and results have been mixed and there is limited information available that documents and analyses the different types and phases of transitions. There is also limited guidance on how to plan and implement the transition of UN-managed mine action programmes to full national ownership.
In response, GICHD commissioned nine country case studies in 2011 to highlight different contexts, processes, challenges, good practices and lessons learnt from the transition stage of mine action programmes to full national ownership.
Launch of the Guide
Based on lessons learnt and the good practices highlighted in the case studies, the GICHD, in collaboration with UNMAS, produced a Guide on Transitioning Mine Action Programmes to National Ownership, which was launched at the Sixteenth International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and UN Advisors in Geneva in April 2013.
Guide on Transitioning Mine Action Programmes to National Ownership
The Guide aims to provide hands-on guidance to the mine action community on how to plan and implement transition processes.
A Transition workshop on this study was organised in Geneva on 22-24 May 2013.
The main goal of the workshop was to promote strengthened national ownership of mine action programmes. The methodology was hands-on-work to learn how to adapt approaches and tools to situations that mine action programmes face. The organisers encouraged collaboration among states, donors and the UN, with an understanding that successful transition to national ownership is not necessarily an exit plan for the donors and the UN, but a relationship that emphasises national control and ownership.
The workshop attracted representatives from a wide range of national mine action programmes, international non-governmental organisations, UNMAS and UNDP.
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