Workshop on Mine Action Terminologies and Definitions in Arabic
The Lebanon Mine Action Center in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a workshop on " Mine Action Terminologies and Definitions in Arabic " for three days from 18 to 20 February, 2014, at the Central Military Club in Beirut, Lebanon. Representatives of the Arabic-speaking countries affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other remnants of war (ERW) from both current and past conflicts attended the workshop (Egypt , Yemen , Jordan , Iraq , Libya and Lebanon) .
On the first day of the workshop, General Imad Odeimi, in his word said, “This cooperation plays a vital role in moving our countries forward to a new era of safety and prosperity. It aims to improving knowledge, exchanging experiences and promoting best mine action practices in order to free our countries from the impact of landmines, cluster munitions and other remnants of war (ERW).”
He also added, at the end of the workshop, “I would like to inform you that the Lebanese Mine Action Center is one of the main beneficiaries from this workshop since the center is opening a Regional School for Mine Clearance and has already started with the training sessions. This workshop will help to develop programs and training methods to conform with international and national standards.”
The glossary of terms and definitions (IMAS 04.10) and the results of a survey of the needs to standardize terminologies are the basis for the workshop’s discussions. This workshop aims to translate the terminology and definitions in the International Standards for Mine Action (IMAS) into Arabic and to improve knowledge, exchange experiences and promote best mine action practices throughout the Arabic-speaking affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other remnants of war (ERW). According to the Landmine Monitor, landmine and ERW pose, to varying degrees, long-term hazards to the lives and livelihoods of people in 18 Arabic-speaking countries or territories.