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Improvised Explosive Device Threat Mitigation

Mandated by the General Assembly as the coordinator for mine action in the United Nations system[1], UNMAS ensures coherence and effective responses including on mitigation of the threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). This entails providing expert advice, training, and guidance to the UN system as well as affected states. 

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, UNMAS strengthens capacities in IED awareness, risk education, detection, mitigation, disposal, site investigation and victim assistance. Providing advice and assistance to national authorities, UNMAS supports the effective management and coordination of IED Threat Mitigation policies and procedures. Through training and mentoring, UNMAS assists civilian and Peacekeeping Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and IED Disposal teams to operate safely, effectively and efficiently. UNMAS carries out threat assessments and emergency IED clearance to support national and United Nations responses to the threat. Furthermore, UNMAS provides expert advice on innovation, new technologies and specialized equipment.

The Report of the Secretary-General on Countering the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (A/71/187) reflects these effective roles UNMAS plays in IED Threat Mitigation. In resolution A/RES/71/72, Member States welcomed the Report of the Secretary-General and took note of the Report’s recommendations.


UNMAS initiatives to date include:


[1] General Assembly Resolution on Assistance and Mine Action (A/72/75)