The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to maximize UNMAS contribution to the implementation of UN Mine Action Strategy 2019-2023 and the UN vision of a world free from the threat of mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). To this end, it sets out a vision for the Service, identifies its strategic and intermediate outcomes, and describes how UNMAS will contribute to these outcomes over the period 2019-2023. Moreover, the Strategic Plan includes a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework that delineates how UNMAS will measure the implementation of the Plan.
As highlighted by the United Nations Secretary-General, the threat posed by explosive ordnance constitutes a case in point of the multidimensional challenges emphasized in the 2030 Agenda and at the heart of the ongoing reforms of the UN system. Mine action plays a unique bridging role across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and serves as a catalyst towards reduction of humanitarian need, advancement of peace sustainment and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Globally, progress has been made in addressing the threats posed by explosive ordnance. Nonetheless, a number of intense and protracted conflicts, particularly in urban areas, has resulted in higher levels of contamination, including by IEDs, an increase in civilian deaths and injuries, and the destruction of, or damage to, civilian objects and critical infrastructure. It is against this backdrop that the UNMAS Strategic Plan 2019-2023 has been developed as an accountability framework and guiding document for the Service.