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ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center Regional Workshop 2018

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Tentative Schedule

Day 1. 12 November 2018

Time Session/Activity Remarks
7h00 - 8h00 Registration In Front of the Grand Bokor Ballroom
8h30 - 9h30 1. Opening Ceremony Remarks by Lt. Col. Jean Gosselin, Defence Attaché, Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Thailand
Opening Remarks by H.E. Michael Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of ARMAC Steering Committee
9h30 - 10h00 Coffee Break
10h00 - 10h30 2. Overview of ARMAC

The Executive Director will present on ARMAC’s background, mandate and functions, achievements and next steps.

Mr. Ly Panharith, Executive Director, ARMAC
10h30 - 11h00 3. Demining Robot Presentation

The CEO will showcase new technology being developed by Demine Robotics which could contribute to the removal of landmines and save lives.

Mr. Richard Yim, CEO, Demine Robotics
11h00 - 12h30 4. Leaving No One Behind: Mine Action and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda provides a structure for mine action to demonstrate its catalytic and accelerating role in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets and in building resilience in mine-affected countries.

While SDGs are of a global nature, SDG nationalisation processes are opportunities for national mine action authorities to mainstream mine action into national development efforts, sectoral plans and country-specific UN development frameworks.

Co-Chairs: Speakers:
12h30 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 5. Lessons Learnt from the Integrated Approach to Victim Assistance

The Integrated Approach to Victim Assistance consists of two main branches made up of; broader multi-sector efforts to reach casualties, survivors and indirect victims, and specific efforts deployed by mine action stakeholders and other actors in charge of coordinating victim assistance to fill gaps in service provision and facilitate broader support for casualties, survivors and indirect victims in a non-discriminatory manner.

Co-Chairs: Speakers:
15h30 - 15h45 Coffee Break
15h45 - 17h00 6. Best Practices in Mine Risk Education

Mine Risk Education (MRE) involves effective communication among and between different individuals and communities to build awareness of the dangers of mines/ERW and avoid risky behaviour. In mine/ERW affected ASEAN Member States (AMS), MRE has been an ongoing process and has led to a significant reduction in mine/ERW casualties.

Co-Chairs: Speakers:

Day 2. 13 November 2018

Time Session/Activity Remarks
7h00 - 7h30 Field Trip Registration At the lobby of Borei Angkor Resort and Spa
7h30 Depart from the Borei Angkor to CMAC’s training facility and peace museum ARMAC
8h30 - 11h30 7. Field Visit

All the activities will take place at CMAC Demining Unit 4. CMAC will showcase its training activities of mine detection animals and other demining tools. A presentation of CMAC’s work and a tour of CMAC’s peace museum will also be included.

11h30 Return to the Workshop Venue ARMAC
12h30 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 8. Land Release: Innovative Technology and Methodology

Introduction of land release methodology has been a breakthrough that has improved the efficiency of releasing mine/ERW contaminated land for productive use through the application of technical surveys and non-technical surveys when compared to traditional clearance methods.

Co-Chairs: Speakers:
15h30 - 15h45 Coffee Break
15h45 - 17h00 9. Gender Mainstreaming in Mine Action

Gender mainstreaming in mine action is the process of integrating the impacts on and perspectives of men, women, boys and girls into the design, implementation, clearance operations, and monitoring and evaluation of mine/ERW programmes and policies.

  • Dr. Rany Pen, Head of Programme and Results Unit, UNDP Cambodia

Day 3. 14 November 2018

Time Session/Activity Remarks
8h30 - 9h45 10. Research and Development in Mine Action

Research and development are instrumental to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of mine action operations. The panelists will present from two main perspectives:

  1. Viable technologies (MAG, Apopo, Golden West, NPMEC)
  2. Social science and humanities (CKS, UBB, RSIS)
Co-Chairs: Speakers:
9h45 - 10h00 Coffee Break
10h00 - 11h00 11. International Cooperation and Assistance

Both Directors will share their rich experience in international cooperation and assistance. The presentation will incorporate an overview as well as the status of these respective conventions and their contribution to global mine action.

11h00 - 12h30 12. Group Discussions:
  • Assessment of the needs and resources to develop training programmes
  • Assessment of the needs and resources to support mine action programmes in the ASEAN Region
12h30 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h00 13. Cambodia and ARMAC: Towards Effective Operationalisation

The session will discuss Cambodia’s support as host country to the effective operationalisation of ARMAC and the collaboration between Cambodia and ARMAC in mine action.

Chair: Speakers:
15h00 - 15h15 14. Wrap Up of the Workshop

Highlight key discussions and results of the workshop.

Mr. Ly Panharith, Executive Director, ARMAC
15h15 - 15h30 Prepare for Closing Please Remain Seated
15h30 15. Closing Ceremony H.E. Mr. Meas Kim Heng, Under Secretary of State, MFAIC


APMBC ISUAnti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit
APSCASEAN Political-Security Community
ARMACASEAN Regional Mine Action Center
CBRNeChemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives
CCBLCambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines
CCM ISUConvention on Cluster Munitions Implementation Support Unit
CKSCenter for Khmer Studies
CMACCambodian Mine Action Center
CMAACambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority
GICHDGeneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
GMAPGender and Mine Action Programme
HIHumanity and Inclusion
ICBLInternational Campaign to Ban Landmines
ICRCInternational Committee of the Red Cross
JRSJesuit Refugee Service
MAGMines Advisory Group
MFAICMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Cambodia)
NPANorwegian People’s Aid
NPMECNational Centre for Peacekeeping Forces (Cambodia)
PSSMPhysical Security & Stockpile Management
RSISS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
TMACThailand Mine Action Center
UBBUniversity of Battambang
UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme
USUnited States
VNMACVietnam National Mine Action Center
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