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15 May 2023, 13:15 - 14:15 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Side event: Mine action for sustainable development

The existence of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERWs) because of protracted sequence of domestic and regional conflicts has for decades severely affected countries in the Asia and the Pacific, resulting in thousands of casualties and injuries every year, millions of internally displaced people and many more lives in danger. 21 countries in the region were identified as the affected countries, although extent varied across countries. While efforts and commitments to clear landmines under Article 5 of the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) continue to be undertaken by countries and development partners, few countries are on track to fulfil their obligations due to political, geographical, financial and capacity constraints.  

Landmines undermine socio-economic development of the countries and livelihood of people in local communities. They refrain people from access to farming and pastoral lands, trading, housing, and other necessary infrastructures, presenting a great risk for local populations. They pose severe social consequences and considerable burdens on victims/survivors and their family, including expenses on long-term medical care, loss of employment, poverty, hunger, discrimination, and social stigma. The presence of mine contamination in agricultural lands and community environments also makes adapting to the negative impact of climate change largely difficult especially for the vulnerable groups in society.

These challenges around landmines have had a cross cutting impact, affecting not only the country’s development but also its path towards achieving the SDGs as it hinders the economy from reaching its full potential. Against this background, mine-clearing efforts and continued endeavours to address economic, social and environmental consequences of landmines are key to building confidence, in which people can live safely and freely from constraints, and support inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

The session aims to raise awareness to a broader audience of the challenges and issues of demining and to engage in frank dialogue with experts and institutions on addressing the social and economic development impacts to communities and societies. The deliberations will also highlight the links between mine action and the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs  

Representatives of Asia and the Pacific, international and regional organizations, national entities, including non-governmental organizations, private sector, who are engaged in the activities related to mine action will participate.

15 May 2023
13:15
13:40
Opening

Speakers: 

Welcome remarks: H.E. Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

 

Key remarks: H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of ASEAN

 

Presentation: H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch. Senior Minister and President of the National Committee for ESCAP

13:40
14:10
Panel discussion

Panelists:

  • Vice Admiral Nuttapong Ketsumboon, Deputy Director General, Thailand Mine Action Centre
  • Ms. Emma Pearce, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit, WHO
  • Ms. Debora Comini, Director, Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific, UNICEF
  • Mr. Shayne McKenna, First Secretary(Development), Australian Embassy, Bangkok

Moderator: Ms Alissar Chaker, Resident Representative UNDP Cambodia

14:10
14:15
Closing

Closing Remarks: H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch. Senior Minister and President of the National Committee for ESCAP

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 13 September 2018.

She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she was a member of the High-Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Ly Thuch
LY THUCH
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His Excellency Ly Thuch presently serves as the Senior Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Simultaneously, he also acts as the President of the National Committee for Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as well as the First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMMA).

During his long career in the Cambodian government His Excellency Thuch has held many key positions. His last position was the Vice-President of the National Committee for Disaster Management. He also formerly held two ministerial positions – the Minister for Rural Development and Vice-Minister for Environment – as well as having acted as the Chief of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister.

His Excellency Thuch was born on 10 January 1966 in the Pursat province in Cambodia. He studied Public Law at the Sorbonne University in Paris and subsequently earned two MBA degrees – a Marketing and Communication MBA in France and an MBA from the SCUPS in the United States. He attended intensive trainings on advanced management, and he completed his doctoral degree in Business Administration at Preston University.

KAO KIM HOURN
KAO KIM HOURN
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Dr. Kao Kim Hourn is Secretary-General of ASEAN. His career has focused on strengthening Cambodia’s international relations particularly in ASEAN, driving policy advocacy and promoting research, education, and development. Dr. Kao has served as a two-term Minister Delegate attached to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia since September 2013. He has authored dozens of books and articles about Cambodia and ASEAN.

Dr. Kao is a Member of the Supreme National Economic Council, a Senior Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, and a Member of the Global Council of The Asia Society. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace and the Worldwide Support for Development. He also has acted as a Member of the Standing Committee of the Cambodian Red Cross.

Dr. Kao completed Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Baylor University, Master of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in International Studies from Ohio University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He is married with two adult children who live in Phnom Penh.

VICE ADMIRAL NUTTAPONG KETSUMBOON
VICE ADMIRAL NUTTAPONG KETSUMBOON
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Deputy Director General of Thailand Mine Action Center

Branch: MARINE, ARTILLERY

Present Position: DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THAILAND MINE ACTION CENTER

Military Education

: 1983 ROYAL THAI ARMED FORCE MILITARY PREPARATORY SCHOOL

: 1988 THE ROYAL THAI NAVAL ACADEMY

: 1989 BASIC SCHOOL, RTMC

: 1900 ARTILLERY BASIC COURSE, RTA

: 1996 ARTILLERY ADVANCE COURSE, RTA

: 1997 NAVAL COMMAND AND STAFF, RTN

: 2012 JOINT STAFF COLLEGE, RTARF

: 2018 NATION DEFENCE COLLEGE, RTARF

Civilian Education

: 2012 MASTER OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (M.A)

Foreign Education :

: 2002 SPEC.ENG TRNG LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE TEXAS, U.S.A.

: 2003 COMMAND ABD STAFF USMC QUANTICO VIRGINIA U.S.A.

: 2003 DEFENSE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COURSE U.S.A.

EMMA PEARCE
EMMA PEARCE
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Emma Pearce works as a Gender & Inclusion Consultant providing technical support and advice to a range of organizations, including UN agencies and NGOs operating humanitarian contexts. She has over 15 years of experience working with populations affected by crisis and conflict. In her current role at the World Health Organization (WHO), Emma has supported the development of the WHO Policy on Disability; implementation of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS); and contributed to the WHO Global Report on Health Equity for Persons with Disabilities.

DEBORA COMINI
DEBORA COMINI
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Debora Comini is the UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Joining in November 2021, she is responsible for programme coherence and advocacy for UNICEF across the region. UNICEF has 14 country offices in the East Asia and the Pacific region: Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Pacific Islands (based in Fiji), Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

Ms. Comini started her UNICEF career in 1991 in UNICEF Headquarter, New York, and held several senior positions including UNICEF Representative in Indonesia, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Latin America & Caribbean, UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua, UNICEF Representative in North Macedonia, UNICEF Representative in Venezuela, and Regional Chief of Planning for Latin America & Caribbean.  On secondment to the Resident Coordinator system, she also held the UNRC and UNDP Resident Representative position in Mongolia.

She holds a MA in Economics from Columbia University, New York, and a BSc in Economics from University College London. Ms. Comini is a national of Italy.

SHAYNE MCKENNA
SHAYNE MCKENNA
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Shayne McKenna is a First Secretary (Development) at the Australian Embassy, Bangkok and currently manages the Mekong-Australia Partnership on Environmental Resilience. 

Following an internship at ESCAP in Bangkok, Shayne joined the Australian Government and has worked in international development since 1999. He has represented the Australian Government in Thailand (2001-2003; 2022-), Indonesia (2003-2006), Philippines (2008-2010), and Mongolia (2016 – 2019).

Shayne’s career has focused on economic development, law and justice, civil society engagement, and most recently water security, the transition to clean energy and climate change.

ALISSAR CHAKER
ALISSAR CHAKER
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In September 2021, Ms. Alissar Chaker was appointed Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Previously, she held various management positions with UNDP in crisis, post-crisis, and complex development contexts. She was Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia (2019-2021) during the pandemic amidst a complex and uncertain political context and social unrest threatening transition and post-revolution democratic gains. Earlier she served as Deputy Resident Representative in Honduras (2016-2019), a country plagued by high crime rates, during an acute political crisis and several waves of mass migration. Before she was Deputy Country Director in Syria (2013-2015) during the peak of the humanitarian crisis and forced internal displacement. She also served as Regional Coordinator for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at the Regional Center in Cairo (2012-2013) where she advised ten governments and country offices during the complex context of the Arab Spring, on planning and capacity development for conflict and disaster prevention and recovery, humanitarian response, and social cohesion. As Assistant Country Director in East Timor (2007-2012), the first new sovereign state of the 21st century marked by internal displacement and recurrent violence outbreaks, she was responsible for the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit that supported peace, rule of law and national recovery. She joined UNDP in late 2005 within the framework of the UNDP Leadership Development Programme for Young Professionals (LEAD). As part of this programme, she began her career with UNDP as Programme Specialist posted to the UNDP-administered United Nations Volunteers Programme in Bonn, Germany (2005-2007) where she contributed to conflict prevention and social inclusion in central and Eastern Europe and disaster risk management in Bhutan, India, and Nepal, through strengthening youth engagement and national volunteer infrastructure.

Alissar holds two master’s degrees in Engineering and Environmental Management from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland; and the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, and has knowledge of German, Italian, and Portuguese.

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