The Middle East and North Africa region is affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) from both current and past conflicts. According to the Landmine Monitor, landmine and ERW pose, to varying degrees, long-term hazards to the lives and livelihoods of people in 18 Arabic-speaking countries or territories.
The GICHD initiated Arab Regional cooperation Programme (ARCP), which is the successor of the Arabic Language Outreach Programme (AOP), for mine action in partnership with the Arab states and regional organisations. Its purpose is to improve knowledge, exchange experiences and promote best mine action practices throughout the Arabic-speaking world. This programme will allow thousands of national mine action programmes to access up-to-date information on mine action in Arabic. Another objective is to reduce the resources spent by individual mine-affected states in the Middle East and North Africa on training, translation and capacity development.
The GICHD has partnered with Lebanon Mine Action Centre (LMAC) in coordinating and managing activities under the umbrella of the ARCP.
Our main activities include but are not limited to the following:
- organisation of mine action training and workshops in Arabic;
- facilitation of regional and international exchanges (experience or staff);
- mobilisation of local and regional Arabic-speaking expertise; and
- translation of major mine action documents and publications into Arabic.