NCDR to open 2009 Explosive Remnants of War Training Course

Published October 13th, 2009 - 10:38 GMT

The National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR) is holding the 2009 Explosive Remnants of War International Senior Managers Training Course from October 11 to November 5 at the UN building at the University of Jordan.

At the opening ceremony for the training course Sunday, NCDR Chairman HRH Prince Mired bin Raad said that landmines and other explosive remnants of war are a global problem requiring a global solution.

In addition to HRH Prince Mired, NCDR Director Mohammed Breikat, UNDP Jordan Country Director Jacinta Barrins, and landmine survivor Kamel Saadi spoke at the ceremony.

Ms. Barrins stressed the importance of mine action as a potential driver for poverty alleviation and institutional development, and noted the progress that NCDR has made since its founding in twinning its activities with these crucial goals.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, the Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Training Course is part of the NCDR’s mission to share Jordan’s success in mine and ERW clearance with other demining organizations around the world.  It is the first such training course to be held in the Middle East.  During the course, 30 managers of explosive remnants of war and mine action organizations in 20 countries will receive instructions and discuss the various technical, social and political issues involved in eradicating the explosive remnants of war.

The course will be taught by an international group of experts from a variety of organizations—James Madison University, the Mine Action Information Center, the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining, the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNDP, Mines Advisory Group, and Norwegian People’s Aid—as well as local experts.

Since 1997, the United States has provided nearly $8.5 million in Humanitarian Mine Action assistance to Jordan for programs like this one.  This year the United States will also provide assistance to enhance mine risk education programs in Jordan and improve facilities that handle the destruction and decommissioning of mines and other explosive remnants of war.

The NCDR was established in 2000 and is Jordan’s national mine action authority that provides coherent and informed technical and managerial leadership.  The goal is to improve coordination on the delivery of effective mine action programs, in the struggle to rid Jordan of ERW and diminish their humanitarian impacts. It provides technical assistance in the field of mine clearance and technology, while carrying out research, including retrofit survey techniques, detection methods, clearance techniques, destruction of mines and quality control.


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