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UNderstanding IEDs – Workshops for Member States and UN Staff

UNMAS and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to UN held two workshops in early December, to practically address the understanding of these devices and what is being done by the UN to mitigate this threat. The workshops were interactive and incorporated, not only classical music from the renown UN Chamber Music Society, but also films, virtual reality, robots, bomb suits and an explosive search dog. Lessons learned from UNMAS activities in Iraq, Mali, and Somalia were highlighted.


The workshops emphasized the crucial role that the United Nations must undertake to ensure that there is proper sharing of information about the technology used in the devices being encountered, the need for adequate and evolving training, and the budgets to buy the equipment that will keep explosive ordnance disposal officers, peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel safe.


Workshop Videos

Day 1



Power Point Presentations


IED threat mitigation challenges: Al Shifa hospita, lMosul Iraq - Mr. Greg Robin, UNMAS Iraq Explosive Hazard Management


Convoy Operations in an IED Threat Environment - Mr. Malcolm W. MACARTHUR, UNMAS Mali Explosive Hazard Management


UNMAS Efforts in Somalia to prevent and counter the use of IEDs: Mr. Justin Smith, UNMAS Somalia Explosive Hazard Management