The purpose of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) Outreach Programme for mine/ERW action is to promote the safe and efficient implementation of mine/ERW action projects and programmes, to enhance regional co-operation through information and experience sharing, and to promote the best mine/ERW action practices throughout the region. It will assist national authorities and their staff members in building their own capacities in relevant areas by giving them access to material, training and advisory services in their own language.
Additionally, it will benefit military and civilian personnel who are engaged in mine action, who are part of UN peace-keeping operations, or who carry out other international humanitarian assistance and development co-operation activities by providing them with guidance on the effective implementation of mine action programmes.
The objectives of the workshop are to:
- Assess and thereby understand the scope of the mine/ERW problem and the challenges faced by different countries in the region;
- Promote best practice in Ammunition Safety Management and mine/ERW action projects/programmes;
- Enhance cooperation among all states in the region;
- Discuss priorities and initiate regional workshops and activities that will benefit mine/ERW programmes and militaries in the EECCA region.
Overall, the workshop will focus on the priorities of the EECCA countries and will produce a list of recommendations for stakeholders and the GICHD to consider when supporting programmes and countries in the region. It will draft an action plan for 2016 and beyond for the EECCA Outreach Programme. The workshop will take place over three and a half days and will be conducted in English and Russian with simultaneous translation.
Day one will be allocated to presentations by those countries attending, highlighting the scope of their mine/ERW problem, the challenges they face and their national response to these problems/challenges.
Day two will include presentations by the international and regional organisations on their programmes and priorities with a focus on the region and a field visit to a worksite.
Day three will include presentations and discussions on the requirements of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and best practices. The importance of Ammunition Safety Management will be particularly emphasised during this day.
Day four will be spent discussing regional cooperation and future priorities for the EECCA Outreach Programme.
Two senior representatives from each country in the EECCA region will be invited. They may represent mine action authorities or national mine action programmes, or could be military officers responsible for mine/ERW clearance or ammunition safety management. Other participants from national and international organisations such as the EC, ICRC, UN, OSCE, ICBL etc. will also be invited to participate. Between 45-60 individuals are expected to attend the workshop.
Participants should have a sound understanding of technical and operational challenges faced by their respective programmes and should be able to present on related technical and operational issues.
To confirm their participation in the workshop, participants should complete, sign and send the registration form by email to Ms.Gina Menghini at g.menghini(at)gichd.org (Phone: +41 (0)22 730 93 55; Fax: +41 (0)22 730 93 62) no later than Friday 5 June 2015 (please note that this deadline has been extended).
This workshop will be organised by the GICHD in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Belarus.
A limited amount of sponsorships will be offered to representatives of national authorities which do not have the financial means to cover the expenses of their delegate’s participation.
The Government of Belarus will cover the workshop facilities and transportation for the invited participants within the country.