Landmine Free 2025

Landmine Free 2025 is a campaign led by the world’s two leading landmine charities, The HALO Trust and Mines Advisory Group (MAG), with the support of HRH Prince Harry.

It works to fulfil the promise of the 1997 Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty and the subsequent pledge by signatories to clear the world of landmines by a deadline of 2025.

HALO and MAG have the expertise and capacity to meet the 2025 deadline, to make it happen they need support and funding from the international community, private philanthropists and the public.

Landmine Free 2025 was launched on April 4, 2017, by Prince Harry at a reception at Kensington Palace in London on International Mine Awareness Day and in the 20th anniversary year of his mother, Diana, Princess Of Wales' visit to a minefield with HALO in Angola.

 

 

Joining Prince Harry in The Orangery at Kensington Palace was the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, who announced the Department for International Development (DfID) is to triple its support for landmine clearance over the next three years, pledging £100m until 2020.

It is 20 years since images of Diana, Princess of Wales, walking through minefields in Angola with HALO and Bosnia helped raise awareness of the global issue. Her work, much of it behind the scenes, helped make the Treaty, to which 162 nation states are signatories, a reality. Since then, 27 countries have been declared landmine-free, over 51 million stockpiled landmines have been destroyed and the global trade has ground to a halt. Yet more than 60 million people still live with the daily fear of unexploded munitions.

Prince Harry has visited minefields with HALO in both Angola in 2013 and Mozambique in 2010 – one of the countries now declared landmine free – meeting amputees and witnessing the devastating impact landmines have on some of the poorest people in mine-affected communities.

"Tonight, in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, and in the presence of her son, an historic opportunity is presented to unite government, corporate and private donors and mark the start of a countdown to a mine free world. As with the eradication of smallpox, a mine free world is not a pipe dream but a real possibility, but only with the right financial support."                      
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James Cowan, CEO, The HALO Trust

 

 

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