In 2018 the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) convened, coordinated and led the drafting of the United Nations Mine Action Strategy 2019-2023.
UNMAS multilateral approach brought together 12 United Nations entities with diverse roles and mandates. Following five months of extensive consultation and collaboration involving over 300 stakeholders, the Strategy was endorsed by the Principals of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA) on 4 December 2018. The result is a practical, needs-driven, people-centred and resource-efficient document with clear goals and indicators by which progress, and results may be evaluated. The Strategy is also an excellent example of enhanced coherence on the UN approach to mine action.
Two of the most significant aspects of the Strategy are that it represents an accountability framework for the United Nations system and introduces a Theory of Change for the United Nations engagement in mine action. A reinforced Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) mechanism will apply clear indicators and report on UN contributions for which it is mandated and responsible, ensuring collective accountability at headquarters and at country level.
The official launch of the UN Mine Action Strategy 2019-2023 and the M&E mechanism took place during the annual meeting of Mine Action National Directors and UN Advisors over 5 to 8 February 2019 in Geneva. Data will be collected through the M&E Mechanism managed by UNMAS on behalf of the IACG-MA. For the full details on how the United Nations will implement the Strategy, please see the document endorsed by the 12 Principals of the IACG-MA.
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