Financial year 2021/22:
Over 7,253 troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) received tailored training in line with their functions.
UNMAS carried out 359 pre-deployment briefings, 352 post-deployment briefings for mobility operations and facilitated the movement of 361 AMISOM convoys.
UNMAS trained 21 multi-skilled SNA routes search and IED-Disposal teams (189 personnel).
In support of stabilization efforts, UNMAS identified 50 locations contaminated by explosive hazards and destroyed 1,100 remnants of war (264 UXOs, 836 FFE) and 18 landmines in various areas.
UNMAS also verified and released 4,804,069 m² of land and assessed 1,659 km of road.
UNMAS carried out 236 village assessments and 180 road assessments along main supply routes supporting AMISOM operations in liberated areas.
Risk education reached 15,357 people, of which 65% of the beneficiaries were children.
UNMAS is piloting the use of solar-powered Risk Education Talking Devices (RETD) to reach communities in remote locations, by distributing 2,500 RETD units.
UNMAS distributed 11,602 risk education material including leaflets.
Explosive detection dog (EDD) teams verified 379,302 vehicles, 134,740 pieces of luggage, 612 buildings, and a total of 202,748 m² building area.
With UNMAS support, the Somali Police Forces (SPF), AMISOM, and non-governmental organizations destroyed 20,320 ERW items and 830 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
More than 56.6 km² cleared from hazards and 163 landmines destroyed (115 AP and 48 AT).
Over 18,400 weapons were marked and registered while 221 unsafe weapons were destroyed.
Over 810 SPF recruits from various locations received IED awareness training while 1,372 specialized personnel from the SPF received training in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), IED threat mitigation and in other topics linked to security.
241 Somalis were trained in demining activities along the Somali border with Ethiopia.
As part of logistical support to AMISOM operations, UNMAS provides specialized equipment, advice, training and mentoring on explosive hazard threat mitigation to AMISOM and builds EOD capability within Somali Security Forces (SSF). Additionally, due to years of armed conflict in Somalia, there has been widespread contamination with ERW and landmines, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and a steady rise in the use of IEDs. UNMAS contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring the promotion of the fundamental principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ in line with the 2030 Agenda.
Mandated by UNSCR 2540 (2020) and 2551 (2020), UNMAS is an integrated component of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which provides strategic policy and technical advice to the Federal Government of Somalia and the SSF.
Further mandated by UNSCR 2568 (2021), UNMAS is a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), which provides logistical support to AMISOM. Moreover, UNMAS has a special status in the United Nations Country Team for coordinating humanitarian mine action activities in Somalia under the umbrella of the Global Protection Cluster.
Support to AMISOM:
UNMAS provides explosive threat mitigation support to AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs). To mitigate explosive threats against AMISOM personnel and assets, UNMAS trains and mentors TCCs in EOD and IED threat mitigation, advises on operational planning processes, use of specialized equipment and services, including Explosive Detection Dogs, to enhance force protection and mobility.
Support to Somali Security Forces:
UNMAS provides advice, training, and equipment to the SPF to develop its EOD capabilities across Somalia. UNMAS also provides training and mentoring of Somali National Army (SNA) in IED defeat in line with the Transition Plan. Enhancing such SSF capabilities remains crucial, especially regarding the gradual handing over of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the SSF. UNMAS advises the Federal Government of Somalia in managing weapons and ammunition in line with Sanctions obligations under the partial lifting of the arms embargo.
Humanitarian Mine Action:
UNMAS supports the protection of civilians in contaminated areas by coordinating humanitarian mine action activities such as survey, clearance, and risk education in coordination with the Somali Explosive Management Authority (SEMA) and under the umbrella of the Protection cluster. UNMAS collaborated with the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) and UNSOM to develop a five-year-long National Victims and Disability Action Plan. UNMAS also provides technical support to SEMA in its treaty extension application.
UNMAS currently has been receiving funding contributions from the regular and assessed budgets of UNSOM and UNSOS, and Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in mine action from the Government of Japan, the European Union (EU), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and United States Department of State.
UNMAS is seeking additional resources to enhance the operational and institutional capacities of the SSF and Mine Action Authority.
Data as of March 2022