WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Nations' International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is set for April 4, 2017, a date designated by the U.N. to highlight the danger and destruction caused around the world by landmines and other war-related explosive devices.
Janus Global Operations (JGO), an international stability operations company, is also the world's largest commercial demining company. JGO is working globally to reduce and eliminate the threat of landmines and other unexploded remnants of war in present and former conflict areas.
In this effort, JGO works with the U.S., other governments and organizations, and the U.N. through the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). UNMAS's website notes it, "collaborates with 11 departments, agencies, programmes and funds to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war, including cluster munitions."
JGO's 2016 worldwide demining and battle area clearance projects, including those for UNMAS, recovered or destroyed nearly half a million landmines and other unexploded ordnance items. In Iraq, JGO is working to eliminate thousands of explosive devices left behind by ISIS as it has been driven from Iraqi towns and territory by coalition forces. The company has trained thousands of Iraqis, Afghans, and other foreign-country nationals in the techniques of explosives detection and disposal.
"UNMAS is raising awareness across the world about the devastation caused by mines and other unexploded remnants of war," said Matt Kaye, JGO chief executive officer. "Their work affects people on a life-and-death basis and this special day designated by the U.N. for mine action is an important call to action for the entire world."
"UNMAS's work is vital to stabilizing regions and countries devastated by conflict and it's an honor to be associated with UNMAS and its life-saving work," Kaye said.
The U.N. General Assembly in 2005 designated each April 4 as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The 2017 theme is, "Needs driven. People Centred."
UNMAS Director Ms. Agnès Marcaillou spoke to the intensity of the problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance in her opening remarks at the April 4, 2016 briefing on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
"The scale and intensity of conflicts in the world today is overwhelming. Those experiencing the worst of wars are always the most vulnerable in society: women, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, the internally displaced and refugees fleeing the conflict," Ms. Marcaillou said.
Janus Global Operations is an integrated stability operations company with thousands of employees serving clients in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South and East Asia. JGO's services include munitions response, demining, intelligence support, logistics, life support, risk management, communications, and other services in some of the world's most challenging environments.
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