The following statement was released by the Governments of Norway and the United States of America following the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia Ministerial held on September 18, 2016 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York.
Today in New York, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende co-hosted a ministerial-level meeting to secure commitments from the international community to support the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia. The Kingdom of Norway and the United States of America recognize the critical importance of clearing the landmines and unexploded ordnance that killed or injured more than 11,000 Colombians over the past 25 years and left Colombia one of the most landmine-affected countries in the world. Along with 19 other nations and the European Union, we pledged 105 million dollars to support landmine survey and clearance, mine risk education, and assistance for survivors of landmine incidents. The global community has also joined together to support Colombia with technical assistance, development aid, and support for the peace process. Of the total, the United States pledged 36 million dollars and Norway pledged 22 million dollars.
Norway and the United States deeply appreciate the commitment of the international community to save lives and limbs in Colombia. We urge all governments, organizations, business enterprises, and individuals to join this initiative in support of the Colombian people.
Norway and the United States also salute the dedication of the non-governmental organizations involved in mine action worldwide and the representatives of these NGOs who attended the meeting as observers. Through the U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative, we will endeavor to help mine-affected countries and non-governmental partners in mine action attract additional support for these efforts, including from the private sector.
Norway and the United States are committed to achieving robust and lasting results in demining not only in Colombia, but across the globe. Our two countries envision a world where international peace and security can take root in places where landmines and unexploded ordnance are no longer a threat.
Source: U.S Department of State