In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties from explosive ordnance, nearly half of whom are children. Refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees are also particularly vulnerable to risks from explosive ordnance.
The GICHD, as part of its Strategy 2019-2022, is committed to reducing risks from explosive ordnance by enhancing the resilience of people and communities to these hazards. Explosive ordnance risk education (EORE) is key to this. Effective EORE seeks to reduce the risk of injuries from explosive ordnance by raising awareness of women, girls, boys and men in accordance with their different vulnerabilities, roles and needs and by promoting safer behaviours.
Explosive ordnance is an umbrella term for a scope of munitions that pose a threat to people and communities – including mines, cluster munitions, improvised explosive devices and other explosive remnants of war. The GICHD has adopted the term EORE to most accurately portray this broad range in the place of mine risk education which is sometimes seen as too restrictive.
The GICHD works with partners across the mine action and wider humanitarian and protection sectors to:
- Raise the global profile of EORE;
- Improve planning and prioritisation of EORE to target those at highest risk and need;
- Strengthen the relevance and effectiveness of EORE methods, tools and approaches to respond to current and emerging challenges; and
- Facilitate cooperation at global, regional and field levels.