Twenty years ago, 122 countries came together to sign the Mine Ban Treaty, with a further 40 countries joining since. This unprecedented commitment to putting an end to the suffering caused by landmines has saved countless lives, rejuvenated livelihoods, and led to almost 30 countries being declared mine-free.
But landmines are not a problem confined to the past. Global deaths and injuries from landmines hit a ten-year high in 2015 – a staggering 75% increase on those recorded in 2014.
Women, girls, boys, and men living in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and Angola to Cambodia, do so in daily fear from these savage remnants of conflicts often long since over.
With a spirit of partnership, determination and ambition from landmine clearance organisations, donor governments and private supporters, a landmine free 2025 can be a reality.
Together, we can rid some of the world’s most affected countries of landmines.