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In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations committed to working together to fulfill seventeen global goals; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in support of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. In many contexts, mine action has a critical role to play in enabling progress towards the goals.

For example, when affected communities have the explosive hazard contamination removed, they are able to cultivate the land, thereby reducing poverty and food insecurity and accelerating SDGs 1 and 2.  Mine action supports SDG 4 when explosive hazards are removed from educational facilities, allowing children to return to school safely. Mine action also enables the safe rehabilitation of water treatment plants, electrical substations and transmission lines to provide clean drinking water and power in support of SDG 6.

For further details on the linkages between mine action and the Agenda 2030, please see this report from GICHD and UNDP.