Date: 07/07/2009 Description: 2009 To Walk The Earth In Safety Report © State Dept Image

"Welcome to the 8th edition of To Walk The Earth In Safety. Although we have seen real progress in combating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), conflicts persist, and the destabilizing effects of other weapons threaten peace and stability around the world.

"The United States works with other nations to clean up the debris of war, combat trafficking in small arms and light weapons, and improve the security and management of munitions stockpiles. Catastrophic explosions at munitions storage facilities in populated areas have become a growing problem and have the potential to create more casualties than landmines and ERW. The United States is leading an international effort to address this 'dangerous depots' problem.

"Since 1993, the United States government has provided a total of more than $1.4 billion to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance. In 2008, the Department of State provided $123.1 million in assistance to 35 countries and continues to work bilaterally and multilaterally to cooperate and enact stricter controls. Also during 2008, the Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction engaged foreign governments to reduce the threat from excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), raising the profile of this important issue worldwide." -- A Message from Acting Assistant Secretary Greg T. Delawie

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Table of Contents

A Message from Acting Assistant Secretary Greg T. Delawie

Special Reports

U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program
Small Arms/Light Weapons Destruction
Physical Security and Stockpile Management
The Menace of MANPADS

Country Profiles

Africa

Angola
Burundi
Chad
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ethiopia
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Mozambique
Republic of Congo
Rwanda
Somalia
Sudan
Uganda

Asia

Afghanistan
Cambodia
Laos
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Thailand
Vietnam

Europe

Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Estonia
Georgia
Kosovo
Macedonia
Montenegro
Serbia
Ukraine

Latin America

Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Nicaragua
Peru

The Middle East

Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Yemen

Reaching End States in the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Programs

U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program Funding History Chart (FY 1993-2008)

Mine Action Programs

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
U.S. Agency for International Development’s Leahy War Victims Fund
Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons
U.S. Department of Defense's Humanitarian Demining Research & Development Program
U.S. Department of Defense's Humanitarian Demining Training Center
Center for International Stabilization and Recovery
International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance
U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Mine Detection Dog Center for Southeast Europe
Organization of American States
Iraq Mine & UXO Clearance Organization

Closing Notes

[This is a mobile copy of To Walk the Earth in Safety (2009)]